Boris Johnson’s Covid jab rollout hailed a success from Brits as Labour still demand more

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Almost two-thirds of the country are happy with how the inoculation programme is going according to a new study. So far more than four million Brits have received a Covid jab across the UK.

The rapid pace means the NHS is on track to meet its target of vaccinating the 13.9 million most vulnerable by February 15.

A total of 61 percent believe the Government is doing a good job at delivering vaccinations according to a YouGov poll.

The survey spoke to 4,765 British adults on January 18 and indicates a surge in support over the past two weeks.

On January 6, a poll conducted by the same company found just 41 percent were happy at the rollout of the coronavirus antidotes.

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Last night at a Downing Street coronavirus briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed the UK is vaccinating the population at twice the pace of EU countries.

“We’re currently vaccinating more than double the rate per person, per day, than any other country in Europe,” he said.

He praised the NHS for the success of the inoculation programme and said the rollout of the Covid jab was “the biggest medical deployment in British history”.

On average 140 people are being vaccinated every minute in the UK, with the pace set to be ramped up in the coming days.

It is hoped by the end of this week as many as 400,000 Brits will be receiving a jab every day.

Last week even the Labour Party had to admit the Government was doing “a good job”.

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth conceded on BBC’s Question Time the Government was going to meet its mid-February target and said everyone involved had done well.

However, he demanded the UK go further and said the Prime Minister must commit to immunising 30 million people.

He said: “I think the Government needs to go faster and further.

“There is no question that everyone who’s been involved in the distribution of the vaccine in the last couple of weeks – our GP, our NHS staff, those who have been working on the logistics and I think the task force that has made the choices of which vaccines to purchase – yes, have done a good job.

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“So I think they will meet that target, but they need to go further and faster.

“If we were able to vaccinate just under 30 million people, we would reduce hospitalisations and deaths by 99 percent, and we should be targeting that now.”

Despite the success of the jab rollout so far, Mr Johnson has warned there will be no relaxing of restrictions in a “great open sesame” and any changes to the current lockdown rules would be gradual.

He said: “I understand completely that people want to get back to normal as fast as we possibly can.

“It does depend on things going well.

“It depends on the vaccination programme going well, it depends on there being no new variants that throw our plans out and we have to mitigate against, and it depends on everybody, all of us, remembering that we’re not out of the woods yet.”

Promising to review the restrictions in February he added: “I’m afraid I’ve got to warn people it will be gradual, you can’t just open up in a great open sesame, in a great bang, because I’m afraid the situation is still pretty precarious.

“That doesn’t mean we are not going to be living with the consequences of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic for a while to come – the economic consequences and the threat to our health as well.

“We have to remain vigilant about this for a long time.”

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