The PM is visitng a mass vaccination centre in Birmingham (Image: SWNS)

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2.4 million people have now received a coronavirus jab across the UK, the prime minister says.

On Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the figure stood at around two million.

Mr Johnson made the comments on a visit one of the newly opened vaccination centres at Ashton Gate Stadium.

He also confirmed that 23% of care home residents and 40% of over 80s had received a vaccine dose.

The Prime Minister told reporters: “As I speak to you today we’ve done about two million people, maybe a bit more.

“We’re at about 2.4 million jabs all in across the whole of the UK.”

The news came as 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”.

The PM warned during his visit that further lockdown measures may be required if people do not follow the rules.

On a visit to a vaccination centre in Bristol, he said: “We’re going to keep the rules under constant review.

“Where we have to tighten them, we will.

“We have rules in place already which, if they are properly followed, we believe can make a huge, huge difference.

“It’s now that people need to focus … when they’re out shopping, whether they’re buying cups of coffee in the park or whatever it happens to be, they need to think about spreading the disease.”

He added: “Now is the moment for maximum vigilance, maximum observance of the rules.

“Of course, if we feel that things are not being properly observed then we may have to do more.”

The PM said people needed to avoid mingling too much and pay particular attention to the rules – highlighting wearing mask in supermarkets.

Mr Johnson said vaccinating the 15 million people in the top four priority groups by mid-February is a “massively stretching” but “achievable target”.

But he said "we cannot be complacent".

He added: "The worst thing now would be for us to allow the success in rolling out a vaccine programme to breed any kind of complacency about the state of the pandemic.”

Asked about the target, he said: “There’s no doubt that it’s a massively stretching target.

“We believe it’s achievable and we’re going to put absolutely everything into it, we’re going to throw absolutely everything at it to get it done. Those first four groups by the middle of February.

“Today, I think I can confirm that we’ve done roughly 40% of the 80-year-olds in this country already.

“We’ve done about 23% of the elderly residents of care homes.”

During a BBC phone-in on the current high case rates, Professor Whitty said: “I don’t think we’re yet at the peak, I’m afraid.

Boris Johnson at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, where one of the seven mass vaccinations centres has been set up
(Image: PA)

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“I think we will be at the peak if everybody can double down and absolutely minimise their contacts.

“The point of the lockdown is to bring that forward, but it only works if everyone really thinks about every individual interaction they have and try and minimise them.”

Prof Whitty said the the new variant of coronavirus was causing a “significant problem”, telling BBC Breakfast: “We will get through together, but at this point in time we’re at the worst point in the epidemic for the UK.”

Asked if coronavirus is being spread outdoors, Prof Whitty said the risks were much lower than for indoors, but said problems could occur if people gathered in groups, such as huddled round a market stall.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly discussed the prospect of introducing tougher controls to ensure the public abide by the restrictions, such as stopping people exercising with one other person.