Covid-19 vaccine update 22 Apr 2021

22 April 2021

Latest progress

Our latest data shows we have 88% of the top nine priority groups vaccinated with at least one dose. In total we have given 1,198,287 vaccines.

Our focus remains on completing second doses for the most vulnerable groups, with 284,538 second doses completed. First dose clinics are also continuing and 30% of those aged 45-49 have also now had a first dose.

  • Cohorts 1-4 (over 70 years, health and care staff, care home residents): 93%
  • Cohort 5 (65-69 years): 90%
  • Cohort 6 (clinically vulnerable aged 16-64): 82%
  • Cohort 7 (60-64 years): 86%
  • Cohort 8 (55-59 years): 85%
  • Cohort 9 (50-54 years): 82%
  • Cohort 10 (45-49 years): 30%

Unpaid carers

You can get the Covid-19 vaccine if you are a main carer of someone at high risk from coronavirus.

If you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now using the online booking or calling 119.

If you think you are an eligible unpaid carer who has not been contacted for your coronavirus vaccination, speak to your GP surgery about being registered as a carer on your patient record.

Pregnant women to be offered Pfizer or Moderna

Pregnant women will now be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. 

However, real-world data from the United States shows that around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated, mainly with vaccines including Pfizer and Moderna, without any safety concerns being raised.

Based on this data, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that it’s preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines where available.

The Pfizer vaccine is only available through General Practice run vaccination clinics, so pregnant women will not be able to use the National Booking Service for appointments at large vaccination centres or pharmacy run services. The Moderna is not currently available in Kent and Medway.

Pregnant women will be eligible for a vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. If you are pregnant and also in one of the following groups you should contact your GP about booking a vaccine:

  • Frontline health and care worker
  • Clinically vulnerable due to a health condition
  • Unpaid carer
  • Have a learning disability
  • Household contact of someone immunosuppressed
  • Aged over 45

If you are not in these groups please wait until the vaccine is being offered to younger age groups.

More information is available on the website and from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Vaccines given:


First dose

  • over 80 years 93,912
  • 75-79 years 71,290
  • 70-74 years 97,441
  • 65-69 years 90,234
  • 60-64 years 102,414
  • 55-59 years 117,855
  • 50-54 years 117,249
  • 45-49 years 64,227
  • Under 45 years 159,227

Second dose

  • over 80 years 79,304
  • 75-79 years 48,600
  • 70-74 years 36,972
  • 65-69 years 14,572
  • 60-64 years 14,541
  • 55-59 years 16,737
  • 50-54 years 15,688
  • 45-49 years 13,350
  • Under 45 years 44,774

Up to 18 April 2021. Figures are published weekly on Thursday afternoons by NHS England.

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