MORE than half of all adults in the UK have now received their first dose of Covid vaccination, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today.

It follows a record number of vaccinations being administered in a day, on Friday, including to Mr Hancock's Cabinet colleague, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On hearing the news of the new milestone in the programme, Mr Johnson tweeted: “More than half the adult population of the UK have now received their first jab. Many thanks to everyone involved in this fantastic achievement. Let’s keep going!”

In a brief announcement before confirmation of the latest official dosage figures, later today, Mr Hancock described the nation’s vaccination programme as, “a huge success” and he urged all those invited to receive the jab to take up the offer.

His announcement stated: “I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that we have now vaccinated half of all adults in the United Kingdon.

“It’s a huge success.

“I want to say many, many thanks to all those involved, including the half of all adults who have come forward.

“It’s so important because this vaccine is our way out of this pandemic, so when you get the call, please come forward and get the jab, and join the majority of adults who have now been jabbed.

“The UK vaccination programme is a big success story.

“It’s down to the hard work of many, many people.

“This isn’t easy, but we are making massive strides.”

Earlier the Health Secretary spoke of the “advances” made in the use of technology in the NHS, but he added: “Now is a really important moment to push on and drive the agenda forwards.”

As of Friday the figures collated on the technology stated that 26,263,732 have now received their first dose of the Covid vaccine.

But, earlier in the week, he did warn there may be delays in some supplies of vaccine reaching the UK, slightly hindering the planned roll-out to the over-40s in April.