The UK government set out plans to vaccinate everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) by 15 February. Around 15m people UK-wide are in these priority groups - which include residents and staff at care homes for older people, health and care workers, people aged over 70 years old and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.
In the second phase of the vaccination campaign the government hopes to vaccinate all over-50s by May - a target that would see around 32m people offered a first dose, covering JCVI cohorts 1-9.
On this page, GPonline will keep track of the progress of the UK vaccination programme as its rollout progresses. On 13 February the UK passed the milestone of delivering a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 15m people.
Government ministers have said repeatedly that supply remains the key ‘rate limiting factor’ that will determine how quickly the UK can roll out COVID-19 vaccination. Doses administered per day have fluctuated significantly throughout the campaign. The chart below tracks daily first-dose vaccinations since daily figures became available - emphasising the ebb and flow of progress.
Over 12m of the group targeted for vaccination by 15 February (cohorts 1-4) are in England, with under 3m in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For cohorts 5-9, around 2.9m out of 17m in total are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK passed halfway to its 15m doses target on 28 January.
Second-dose vaccinations accounted for around a quarter of all jabs in England in the 10 days after 3 January, despite the announcement in late December that the vaccination campaign would move back second-dose appointments and focus on first doses for as many people as possible. However, in the month from 15 January, second doses made up less than 1% of all jabs in the UK. GPs are set to focus on second-dose vaccinations from 1 March.
Data for England show that vaccination rollout has not been even across the country. London and the East of England were the two worst-hit areas in terms of COVID-19 cases at the start of January, but London in particular has progressed more slowly in vaccine rollout to patients aged over 80.
The pace of the vaccination campaign in the month leading up to the 15 February target - acheived two days early on 13 February - is reflected in the graph below.
Note: data on this page are from figures published by NHS England, Public Health England and UK government figures and will be updated regularly.