Can I have the Covid vaccine if I have a cold?

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, said: “To have vaccinated over a third of all over 80s by this point in the programme is a great achievement and I want to pay tribute to all those across the health system who have made this happen.

“Although this sets us on the right path to getting back to normal life, we are not there yet and people must continue to follow the guidance that is in place to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“These data will help us to evaluate the protection from the vaccine and to effectively target the roll-out of the programme to help control the virus and save lives.”

The Government has pledged to vaccinate all of the top priority groups, thought to include 15 million people, by mid-February.