More than half of all adults in England have had first COVID vaccine

Patients are greeted by Abbey staff outside a vaccination centre at Westminster Abbey in London

LONDON (Reuters) - More than half of all adults in England have had their first COVID-19 vaccine, the health service said on Thursday, after a bumper 708,927 first and second shots were distributed on Wednesday.

The health service said over nine in 10 people aged 65 and over have taken up the offer of a shot.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Alistair Smout)