Britain smashes Covid daily vaccine record for second day in a row with 844,000 doses

BRITAIN has smashed its Covid daily vaccine record for the second day in a row.

Yesterday saw 844,000 more jabs administered across the UK in 24 hours.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Yesterday was a record-breaking day for the vaccine rollout, with 873,784 people receiving a jab.

"A huge thank you to everyone involved and please come forward to get your jab when you are invited to do so."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock used the record breaking announcement to encourage Brits to get the jab when it is offered to them.

In a video on Twitter he said: "Yesterday we saw another record day of vaccinations across the UK.

“More than three quarters of a million people coming forward to get the jab.

“If you get the call from the NHS join them –  Go and get your jab, make sure for a second jab that you make that appointment on time, because we know that vaccinations are our way out of this.

“We know that the vaccine protects you and we know that it helps you protect your loved ones and those around you.

“It’s really terrific that the vaccine program is rolling out so effectively and when you get the call, get the jab.”

It comes as Covid deaths in the UK today dropped to their lowest level in five months with 33 more fatalities recorded.

A further 5,312 people have also tested positive for the disease – bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 4,296,583.

Today's daily death toll brings the total number of Covid victims in the UK to 126,155.

The latest number is the lowest deaths have been since October 4 when 33 fatalities were recorded.

It is also the third Sunday in a row deaths have fallen below 100 – but the figures are usually lower at the weekend due to a lag in reporting.

Meanwhile top vaccine experts have warned that social distancing will have to stay until at least every UK adult is vaccinated.

Professor Jeremy Brown, who is part of the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation said "some degree" of rules on staying apart would have to remain in place until July at the earliest, or infections would soar again. 

And Dr Mary Ramsay of Public Health England warned social distancing and mask wearing could be in place for YEARS as the rest of the world scrambles to vaccinate its populations.

Boris Johnson has said he wants all restrictions to be lifted by June 21.

And the PM has vowed every UK adult will get a first dose of the vaccine by July.

But experts say social distancing and mask-wearing will have to continue after that – possibly even until the winter.

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