This week the advice changed to allow people to contact the NHS for a vaccine if they are included in an eligible priority group. This means anyone in groups one to four is now being asked to book their Covid vaccinations. The priority groups were determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Up until February 9, 13,058,298 people have received their first vaccine dose in the UK.
More than half a million people have also already received their second vaccine dose.
At the moment, the NHS is only offering vaccines to people considered to be at the highest risk if they contract Covid-19.
Groups one to four includes care home residents and workers, frontline health workers, people over the age of 70 and people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.
The Government is aiming to offer people in these groups their first vaccine dose by February 15.
The Government will soon be announcing plans to vaccinate the next cohort on the JCVI priority list.
Group five includes people over the age of 65, while group six includes people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.
Some 2.9 million people are included within group five, while there are an estimated 7.3 million people in group six.
Chairman of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, Clive Dix, said he was “very optimistic” the UK can meet the vaccine target.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Every time we’ve been set an objective in the taskforce, we’ve met it and we will work day and night to ensure whatever the target that is feasible can be met.
“I’m very optimistic that we will definitely meet the May target.”
After people over the age of 50 have been vaccinated, the JCVI has not set out a priority list for the remaining 21 million people in the UK adult population.