More than one million people in Northern Ireland have two Covid jabs


More than one million people have now received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It means that about 70% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

Health Minister Robin Swann said “significant strides” had been made towards the return to a “more normal life”.

Northern Ireland’s vaccination programme head said the milestone must not be taken for granted.

Patricia Donnelly made her comment as two further deaths linked to Covid-19 were recorded with 1,264 new cases in Northern Ireland.

“Uptake in the older age groups has been exceptional but only 56% of our under 30s have come forward to date. We do not want this age group to miss out,” she said.

“Earlier this week, we also announced that those young people who turn 18 on or before 31 October 2021 will be able to get vaccinated.”