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More than 20m UK adults get both doses of coronavirus vaccine

Vaccination . Photo: UK government

London, May 16 (MNN) More than 36 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with one dose and 20 million have received two doses, the government said on Sunday.

Public has been urged to take their second doses as soon as they are eligible to get the fullest possible protection against the coronavirus, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

It said 56,677,012 million people had been administered vaccine doses between December 8 and May 15, including 36,573,354 million with their first doses (69.4 per cent) and 20,103,658 million with their second doses (38.2 per cent).

The government met its target of offering a vaccine to the most vulnerable by April 15, and remained on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have more great news about the vaccination rollout and are making extraordinary strides as 20 million people now have the fullest possible protection from this virus.”

The latest real-world data has once again demonstrated how effective the vaccine is at providing life-saving protection, with 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine providing 97 per cent protection against mortality.

The milestone comes as government announces that appointments for the second dose of vaccine would be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top 9 priority groups yet to receive their second dose.

It is part of UK government’s plans to tackle rising cases of the B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) first identified in India, as well as strengthened surge testing, genome sequencing and enhanced contact tracing measures deployed across the North West to control the spread.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital or to die from it. There is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

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