- Antony Higginbotham MP has welcomed the latest figures showing 25,783 people in Burnley and Padiham have now received a vaccine, accounting for 29% of the local population.
- Across the UK, more than 19.3 million doses have been administered to over 18.6 million people – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults.
- The vaccine programme is averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, with new targets to offer the vaccine to everyone in the top nine priority groups by 15 April, and the rest of the adult population by the end of July
Antony Higginbotham MP has commended the efforts of all those who are participating in the biggest vaccination programme in British history as ramping up delivery continues at pace.
Already in Burnley and Padiham new figures released show that 25,783 people have now received their first dose which accounts for 29 per cent of the population of the borough. And with the programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister is aiming to have offered every adult a vaccine by the end of July.
On the international stage the UK is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 18.6 million people have received a vaccine – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults, which places us as the third highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.
Everybody in the top four priority groups have now been offered a vaccine, as invites are now going out those in priority groups 5 to 9. The latest figures now show that two thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have also now been vaccinated.
Antony has also welcomed the Prime Minister’s roadmap to take cautious and irreversible steps out of lockdown, which will be guided by the data and not dates.
Commenting, Antony said:
The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in our country’s history, has been a fantastic success story and showcases the very best of collaboration across the entire United Kingdom. I would like to thank everyone involved in this enormous effort, without whom, this would not be possible.
It’s great to see that so many people in Burnley And Padiham have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight back against coronavirus.
We are defeating this virus by the hundreds of thousands of jabs going into people’s arms every day, giving us hope as we look to a route back to normality.