EAST Lancashire coronavirus vaccination leaders have hailed the news that more than five million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given in the North West.

The latest figures show that the milestone was reached over the weekend.

People aged 44 are being invited from today to book their Covid-19 jab as more vaccination open in community settings

Regional director of commissioning for the North-West, Dr Linda Charles Ozuzu, said: “The NHS in the North West has hit yet another significant milestone with more than five million people in our communities vaccinated in less than five months – this is testament to the hard work of NHS staff and volunteers involved.”

Lucy Ellis, clinical site manager at the Blackburn Cathedral vaccination centre, said “As much as it sounds strange, a tiny needle has given us so much hope and everyone is starting to feel more positive and able to look forward to the rest of this year. I can’t believe we’ve given five million doses. It’s amazing.”

Jordyn Cowell from the Burnley Shopping Centre vaccination centre said: "I and my team are proud to play our part and make history in the process."

Dr Yasara Naheed, Clinical Director of Burnley East Primary Care Network said: “We have survived because communities have supported each other during this really difficult time. We are proud to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection to our residents.”