Wales has become the first UK nation to give a first dose of Covid vaccine to half of its population. The country is also leading the way in its rollout of second doses, with one in six now fully vaccinated against Covid. The Guardian has the story.
Some 1.59 million people had received a first jab by April 11th, according to figures from Public Health Wales, which is the equivalent of 50.4% of the population.
The other nations are a short way behind, with Scotland up to 48.8%, England on 48.2% and Northern Ireland at 43.6%.
Wales was the first nation of the UK to roll out the Moderna vaccine, with the first batch given last week. Scotland has also started using the Moderna jab, and England is due to follow later this month.
Wales is also leading the field for second doses, with the equivalent of 16.8% of its total population – or one in six – fully vaccinated against Covid.
England is some way behind on 11.3%, followed by Scotland on 10.8% and Northern Ireland on 10.5%.
Despite the success of its vaccine rollout, Wales hasn’t yet allowed hospitality businesses to open. They remain closed, including out of doors, until April 26th.
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