By Deirdre Tynan • 24 June 2021 • 8:43
More than 60 per cent of UK adults have had at least one jab.
Three in five British adults have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
More than three in five adults in the UK have received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, securing the fullest possible protection, as the vaccination programme continues at unprecedented pace and scale.
With 75,188,795 million doses administered in total, 43,448,680 million people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose, some 82.5 per cent, while 31,740,115 million people have had both doses, that is 60.3 per cent.
Recent analysis by Public Health England showed that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant. The analysis suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96 per cent effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 per cent effective against hospitalisation after both doses.
The government met its target of offering a vaccine to the most vulnerable by April 15and is on track to offer a first dose to all adults by July 19, two weeks earlier than planned. NHS England has extended the offer of a vaccine to everyone aged 18 and over.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, “The vaccination team have been working incredibly hard to provide people with much-needed protection from this life-threatening disease.
“With more and more evidence emerging on just how effective two doses of our vaccines are in protecting against the Delta variant, it’s a great to see three in five adults have been double jabbed, so we’re well on our way to the whole country getting the fullest possible protection.
“We’re so close now to ensuring the entire adult population is protected – now everyone aged 18 and above can make an appointment, so make sure you book in for your first and second doses as soon as possible,” he added.
By 19 July, all those aged 40 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable, who received their first dose by mid-May, will have been offered their second dose.
To ensure people have the fullest possible protection against Covid-19, second doses for all over 40s will be accelerated by reducing the dosing interval from 12 weeks to eight weeks.
The move follows advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which has considered the latest available evidence and has recommended reducing the dosing interval to counter the threat of new variants of concern.
Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi said, “Two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine are absolutely vital in ensuring the fullest possible protection the jabs have to offer – it’s extraordinary that three in five people have now been vaccinated with both jabs.
“No matter where you live, where you come from, your background or your beliefs – provided you are over 18, there is a vaccine available to you. I urge everyone eligible to get their jab and help us get back to normality,” he added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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