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Ministers, health workers and volunteers will join a weekend drive to encourage Britain's most vulnerable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as a target nears of reaching 15 million people in top priority tiers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a "significant milestone" and an "extraordinary feat".

The figure means that the government seems to have achieved what they set out to do on January 4, vaccinating everyone within the top four priority groups.

"Once all nine priority groups have been protected by the end of April, there is no justification for any legislative restrictions to remain", the letter organized by the COVID Recovery Group said.

Some 537,715 were second doses, an increase of 2,846 on figures released the previous day.

Syringes with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 disease are ready at the vaccination center of the CASH hospital in Nanterre, outside Paris, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

More than 14 million Britons have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, and uptake stands at around 90 per cent.

Last month the programme expanded rapidly to include larger vaccination centres, smaller GP-run centres, as well as some pharmacies and hospitals.

"We've even delivered jabs in a fairground". This is an incredible UK-wide achievement.

"And I want to thank each and every person who has helped make it happen".

"We have vaccinated over 15 million people".

"But of course, no one is resting on their laurels".

Alexandra Hilkene, spokesperson for Ontario health ministry, said in an email to CBC Toronto on Sunday that adults aged 80 and older are now considered part of what the province calls "phase one" populations.

"We've still got a long way to go, and there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road".

"The vaccines are already available.... and they will not stop arriving so that the national vaccination plan does not stop", President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at the news conference in the southwestern state of Oaxaca. Now world governments have a responsibility to work together to put those vaccines to the best possible use.

"There is so much more to do and I urge anyone eligible to step forward and take up their appointment".

"The vaccine is our route to freedom - we will beat this virus jab by jab".

The NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens reserved praise for the staff who have worked tirelessly to get the doses administered in the hundreds of thousands over recent weeks.

Tweeting about the milestone, Zahawi said: "15 000 000!"

People wear masks to protect them from the COVID-19 virus in Kingston, Ontario, on February 10, 2021.

However, he also admitted concerns about the levels of vaccine uptake amongst some communities.

It is part of a strategy for the United Kingdom government to meet its expanded target of offering the vaccine to all those over 50 by May and all adults by September, as an important route out of lockdowns.