More than 5.6 million people in UK now fully vaccinated against COVID

More than 5.6 million people in the UK have now been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Government advisers have warned that the rollout will be "considerably slower" until the end of July due to supply problems and the focus for now is being placed on second jabs, rather than moving down the age groups.

Tuesday saw the lowest number of first doses given since early January (40,744), but it was up to 85,227 on Wednesday to take the total to 31,707,594, while second jabs went up by 186,793 to 5,683,509.

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It comes as another 2,763 cases and 45 deaths have been reported.

The latest figures compare to 2,379 cases and 20 deaths on Tuesday, and 4,052 cases and 43 deaths last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, government advisers have decided Britons aged 18-29 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

The decision follows 79 people developing blood clots after the jab.

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