As it was confirmed today that over 77,000 vaccines were administered up to yesterday, it is expected that the AstraZeneca vaccine could be approved by the end of this month.

Approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine would be a huge boost to our vaccination programme as it would allow a jump to about 100,000 vaccinations a week in February.

Further approvals of vaccines will continue to increase the supplies available and allow increased roll out.

69,378 of the vaccines administered to date were to frontline healthcare workers and the rollout is continuing among healthcare workers and those in nursing homes and long term residential care facilities.