OFFICIAL figures released today show more than 10million life-saving COVID-19 vaccines have now been delivered across the East and West Midlands, as the rollout of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS continues.
Over six million people in the Midlands have received a first dose of the vaccine, while more than 3.9million are now fully vaccinated after having also received a vital second vaccine dose.
More than 4.4million vaccines have been delivered in the East Midlands, with more than 5.3million vaccines having been delivered in the West Midlands.
The Midlands became the first region in the country to surpass the 10million vaccines milestone in the same week that the NHS offered the vaccine to everyone over 30 across the country.
“I would like to thank each and every person who has played their part in making this happen.”
Alison Tonge, the NHS England and NHS Improvement director responsible for overseeing the vaccination programme across the Midlands, said: “Delivering 10million vaccines is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the dedication and determination of our hardworking NHS staff, volunteers, partners and all those who have taken up their offer of a vaccine.
“I would like to thank each and every person who has played their part in making this happen, as we are so incredibly grateful that so many people have come forward to show that the vaccine is safe, effective and is our single best way of protecting ourselves and those closest to us from coronavirus.
“We know that everyone will have their own reasons for joining the millions who have already received the vaccine, which is why we’re looking to mark this incredible moment by encouraging everyone to share what the vaccine means to them to help give others the confidence to come forward to receive theirs.
“The vaccine is now available to everyone aged 30 and over across the Midlands and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to receive it to come forward, either by booking online or by calling 119 when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.”