RCGP hails work of general practice in achieving ‘incredible’ vaccination milestone

Publication date: 20 March 2021

Responding to the news that 50% of the UK adult population have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The hard work of GPs and our teams – along with colleagues across the NHS – to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been outstanding and ensured that vulnerable patients across the UK are protected from this terrible virus.

“It is excellent news that half the UK adult population – 26.5m people – have now received the first dose of the vaccine, with around 75% of these vaccinations taking place in primary care. This is an incredible milestone and the efforts of GPs and our teams have been pivotal to achieving it in such a short space of time, and despite the complexities and challenges of delivering a new vaccination programme on such a large scale.

“However, the hard work is far from over, and as long as there is supply, GPs and our teams will continue to vaccinate. Getting vaccinated is the best protection we have against this virus, and our best hope of getting back to a more normal life. We encourage patients to come forward for a vaccination when invited to do so.”

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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