CORONAVIRUS: How close is the government to reaching its vaccination target?

COVID How close is the government to reaching its vaccination target
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If you’re an adult and live in the UK, the government says it will have offered you a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also set a target to offer a first dose of the vaccine to all 32 million people in the top nine priority groups by 15 April.

This is how many have received their first dose so far:

How close is the government to reaching its vaccination target
How close is the government to reaching its vaccination target?

How much progress is being made across the four nations?

The vaccines being distributed – made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca – were trialled with two doses, three or four weeks apart.

But the UK government is giving the first dose to as many adults as possible before offering a second dose, with people receiving their follow-up jab within 12 weeks.

The government, backed up by many experts, says this will maximise protection for the wider population.

Only those aged over 18 are included in the programme.

Around of year olds in UK have received the first dose against COVID

How quickly are at-risk groups being protected?

The government is prioritising the groups considered most at risk from COVID-19.

Currently, NHS England is the only health authority which provides data on the number in specific age groups that have received their first jabs.

But unlike the data above, age breakdown figures are only updated weekly on Thursdays, not daily.

Consequently, age group data will often lag behind total vaccination figures.

Latest age breakdown of vaccinations in England

The data is also broken down by local areas. The map below shows the areas with the highest and lowest proportion of adults given a jab for coronavirus.

SOURCE NHS England Public Health Scotland Public Health Wales • Data up to April for first doses only • population estimates

How does the UK compare?

Worldwide, Israel has vaccinated more than any other country.

The UK is currently below Israel but ahead of most other nations.

The figures in the chart below show the number of doses administered per 100 people across the total population – not the adult population like the graphs above – because the way nations release their data means it is the only way they can be compared.

Israel has given more doses relative to its population than any other country