Record day for UK vaccinations as total nears 9m


A record 598,389 people were given their first coronavirus vaccination in one day across the UK on Saturday, government figures show.

As of Saturday a total of 8,977,329 people had received a jab, and 491,053 of those have had a second dose.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “delighted”, adding each vaccine “brings us one step closer to normal”.

In a video posted on Twitter Mr Hancock said he was “so grateful to everybody who’s involved in making this happen”, and said it meant three-quarters of those aged 75 to 79 and four-fifths of those over 80 had now been vaccinated.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), described the volume of vaccinations as a “staggering achievement”.