The number of Covid-19 vaccines administered has passed the two million mark.
First Minister Paul Givan said: “Right across our community medical teams in our vaccination centres, care homes, pharmacies and GP surgeries have achieved an amazing victory in our battle against Covid-19.
“I want to say thank you to all of the nurses, doctors and support staff who have been tireless in their efforts to protect the public and to ensure a return to all of those aspects of life we hold dear.
“I also want to pay tribute to the amazing people of Northern Ireland. They have really supported the programme, with over 80% of the adult population receiving the protection of the first jab.
“I would encourage those who have not yet had a vaccine to get booked in or simply drop into the SSE Arena today.
“We all want to see a swift and safe removal of the last of our restrictions and get back those things we have missed - life events, sport and music and travel. And we must remember those whose lives have been significantly curtailed during this time. The higher our vaccination levels go, the faster our vulnerable citizens - including those living in residential care settings - can feel confident and secure to meet up with family and participate in community life.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “This is a hugely positive day as we pass the incredible milestone of two million vaccines delivered across the north.
“It’s a credit to our amazing health workers who have delivered a strategic, professional and highly effective programme to ensure our people are protected. It has been a truly world-class effort and we are so grateful to them for all they have done.
“The whole community has felt the benefits of so many people taking up the vaccine as we have been able to enjoy more freedoms and spend more time with our family and friends. But it’s vitally important that we don’t take this success for granted. We have seen an increase in community transmission with the emergence of the Delta variant here, and we need to keep working hard to stop the virus from getting a grip.
“The vaccine is our best route out of this pandemic and I urge everyone to please come forward and get their first and second doses. It’s really quick and easy; and it will make such a difference – not just to yourself but to all those around you.”
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