The NHS in England has missed its daily vaccination target by about half.
In the past 24 hours 140,441 people have received the jab in England, bringing the total number of people vaccinated in the country to 2,474,205.
The Government has pledged that two million people a week will receive the jab by the end of January, ensuring everyone in the priority group is vaccinated by mid-February.
To hit that target 285,000 people a day would need to receive the jab.
Although vaccination figures in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland will bump up the 140,000 figure, it is still someway off the 285,000 daily target with three weeks to go to raise the numbers.
The Prime Minister has said that if the mid-February target is hit, then the national lockdown may be eased.
The fact the country remains off the pace in terms of jabs, and with coronavirus deaths and cases at alarming highs, suggest this may not be possible.
Yesterday England’s chief medical officer warned that the UK has not yet hit the peak of the current wave of Covid-19 infection, with the next few weeks being “the worst” of the pandemic for the NHS.
Professor Chris Whitty said the vaccine rollout offered hope that lockdown restrictions could be lifted in the coming months, but described the current UK death rate as “appalling”.
As part of the NHS’s race to vaccinate as many people as possible, seven new mass hubs have opened in England.
They are at Ashton Gate in Bristol, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, the Excel Centre where London’s Nightingale hospital is based, Newcastle’s Centre for Life, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, Robertson House in Stevenage and Birmingham’s Millennium Point.
NHS England has said the centres were chosen to give a geographical spread covering as many people as possible.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “GPs are providing a large number of vaccinations to the local communities…and those who have received the letter that wish to wait for a local appointment, that is ok.”
He said: “We will ramp up and open more vaccination centres as the weeks progress, as has always been our plan.”