A WHOPPING 15million Brits have now received a second Covid jab – with the majority over-70s fully vaccinated.
The Herculean jab rollout has continued to smash milestones in the UK as Britain prepares for the next phase of lockdown easing this month.
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A huge 15,329,617 have been given a second dose – with the majority of over 70s and the clinically vulnerable now fully vaccinated.
And a staggering 49,834,997 jabs in total have been given out.
The next stage of the vaccine rollout started this week with Brits over the age of 44 being asked to come forward for their jabs.
If the current rollout continues at this pace, Brits in their 30s could be offered a jab as soon as next month.
This puts Boris Johnson on target to keep his promise of having every adult vaccinated by July.
The mammoth effort has helped drive down cases and deaths in the UK – leading to hopes lockdown will be fully lifted from June 21.
Yesterday, fatalities plunged 78 per cent in a week to seven, while just 1,907 infections were reported.
Hospital rates have also dramatically fallen – with more than a third of NHS trusts having zero Covid patients in intensive care.
Despite the promising news, Dominic Raab today hinted face masks and social distancing could stay in place until after June.
The Foreign Secretary told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “We want to get to a position at the end of June where we can get life back to as normal as possible but there need to be some safeguards in place.”
When asked what additional measures might be need still, he replied: “It will be around distancing maybe there will be something around masks but I don’t want to prejudge it.”
The minister also urged caution in the “last lap” of the battle with Covid as there is just a “little bit more time left”.
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He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I know that people are hankering to go a bit faster but actually we feel vindicated at taking steady steps out of the lockdown is the smart way to go.
“We’re very close now to really turning the corner and I think we still need to be careful to go as I said we don’t want to see the gains lost and the sacrifices that have been made undone.
“By the time we get to June 21 almost all social restrictions will be lifted so there’s only a little bit more time to go, but it’s right to make sure we do that in a careful way.”
Britain’s Covid vaccine rollout has hit every target so far[/caption]