More than 18m people in the UK have received the coronavirus vaccine as the battle against the pandemic continues.

As of Wednesday, February 24, 18,242,873 Brits had been given the first dose of the jab and 669,105 the second.

Most elderly care home residents, frontline workers, the clinically extremely vulnerable and over-70s have now been vaccinated, which meant the government hit their target of 15m by the middle of February.

The rapid rollout means Britain could return to normal as soon as this summer, with Boris Johnson outlining his roadmap earlier this week, setting a date of June 21 when the country could be free of any Covid restrictions.

The Government has pledged that every adult in the UK will have been offered their first dose of the vaccine by July 31.

Here is all the latest news about the Covid vaccine, from who is eligible to antibodies.

You can also find out when you are likely to receive the jab using our vaccine calculator below:

Who can currently get the Covid vaccine

The NHS website says you can book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply:

Richard Moss, 73, receives an injection of the the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine
(Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

How to get the vaccine

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

To book your vaccine, click here.

Who will get the vaccine next?

It was announced on Wednesday (February 24) that all adults on the learning disability register will be prioritised to get a coronavirus vaccine.

People with severe and profound learning disabilities were already part of group six – adults aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions – but care minister Helen Whately has confirmed all people on the GP learning disability register will now be invited for a vaccine.

Most areas are now offering the job to over-60s and even some people aged 50 or over.

Earlier this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government is planning to have offered all over-50s their first dose of the vaccine by April 15.

But some areas, including Devon and Cornwall, are on track to have achieved this a lot earlier, even by early March.

A patient receiving a Covid-19 vaccination at Westpoint Exeter
(Image: Frankie Mills)

Row over who should get the vaccine next

Rows have broken out recently over who should next be prioritised to get the vaccine.

Who gets the jab next will be decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation after the current priority groups have all been offered one, and the committee’s head insists that age should be the deciding factor.

But many are calling for all teachers to be vaccinated ahead of the reopening of schools on March 8.

Calls have also been made to vaccinate supermarket and other retail workers, but the Daily Mail reported that the Government is set to recommend the next phase of the UK’s vaccine programme continues on the basis of age, rather than prioritising key workers.

Do the vaccines work against variants?

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam speaking during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam speaking during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).
(Image: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA Wire)

On Wednesday, England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam provided an update on how effective the vaccines are against variants of the disease.

He said there was good evidence they worked against the dominant strains in the UK, including the Kent strain.

He told Good Morning Britain: “Do we have direct data that they’re going to work against (South) Africa or Brazil? No we don’t.

“We have some evidence from the clinical trials for some of the vaccines, but until really these vaccines come up against those new variants in large scale, we’ll have to wait for those answers.

“But I still think they’re going to reduce the likelihood of having severe disease.”

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