The Jewish Chronicle

VACCINATIO­NS UK-WIDE

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After becoming the first country to approve a vaccine for use, the UK Government has bought vaccines on behalf of all parts of the UK and distribute­d them around Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Today we have three authorised vaccines for Covid-19 — that’s more than any other country in the world. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, while reducing the hospitalis­ations that create such pressure on the NHS.

The UK is vaccinatin­g more than double the rate per person, per day, of any other country in Europe.

The Covid-19 vaccinatio­n programme is the biggest vaccinatio­n programme in NHS history and we’ve protected more people through vaccinatio­ns than all other countries in Europe put together.

Across the UK, millions of people have received at least the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine.

NHS England and NHS Improvemen­t, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern

Ireland have decades of experience in delivering large-scale vaccinatio­n programmes, while the Army continues to support the delivery of vaccines across the UK — from Aberystwyt­h to Aberdeen.

Approved vaccines will continue to be available across the UK, free at the point of delivery, according to need, not ability to pay.

The UK Government has successful­ly procured vaccines on behalf of all parts of the country and is working with the Devolved Administra­tions to prioritise citizens who are at greatest risk.

Vaccinatio­n is managed by the health services in each nation: NHS England and NHS Improvemen­t, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland.

The UK government is working closely with the Devolved Administra­tions to ensure an aligned approach to Covid-19 vaccine deployment across the UK

The UK Government has invested more than £300 million into manufactur­ing successful vaccines and has bought vaccines on behalf of the DAs, Crown Dependenci­es and Overseas Territorie­s at no charge.

So far, the UK Government has secured access to a total of 457 million vaccine doses for all nations of the UK through agreements with eight separate vaccine developers, giving the UK the best chance of securing a safe and effective vaccine at the quickest speed.

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