Milestone reached as figures show 15m people have been fully vaccinated against ...

In a major milestone, more than 15million of the most vulnerable Britons have been fully vaccinated against Covid.

The over-70s and the clinically vulnerable have had a second jab, offering maximum immunity from the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last night.

With the UK set to exceed 50million vaccinations today, ministers and health officials hailed the ‘incredibly important’ step towards Britain’s return to normality.

As infection levels and hospital admissions continued to fall, they said it was further evidence that vaccines were ‘the way out of the pandemic’.

Boris Johnson thanked everyone who had come forward to get their jabs, tweeting: ‘15million people across our United Kingdom have received two doses of a Covid vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Please keep coming forward to get your jabs to give yourself maximum protection from the virus.’

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) said that the over-70s and the clinically vulnerable have had a second jab, offering maximum immunity from Covid-19

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) said that the over-70s and the clinically vulnerable have had a second jab, offering maximum immunity from Covid-19 

A further 372,304 second jabs were administered on Saturday, bringing the total to 15,329,617, according to Government data.

There were also 143,175 first doses, taking the number of initial jabs to 34,505,380 – or a total of 49,834,997 for first and second doses.

Mr Hancock said he was ‘delighted’ by the news and thanked the ‘thousands of people’ who gave up their bank holiday to administer vaccines, with more than 500,000 on Saturday alone.

He added: ‘That’s the 15million people who are most vulnerable to Covid across the country. Reaching this milestone is incredibly

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