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75 per cent adults expected to get first vax dose by this week, nearly 50 per cent of all adults second dose: UK Government

Vaccine vial. Stock photo: By Ali Raza/Pixabay

London, May 30 (MNN) As newly approved single-dose Janssen coronavirus vaccine is set to boost the fight against the pandemic, the UK government said it is expected that three quarters of adults will have received their first dose and almost half of all adults their second dose of vaccine this week.

The United Kingdom remains on track to offer the vaccine to all adults in the country by the end of July, the Department of Health and Social Care said late Saturday evening (local time).

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Vaccines are saving lives, are safe, effective and our way out of this devastating global pandemic. The rollout continues at pace and we are making fantastic progress….

“We are seeing encouraging research of the vaccines’ efficacy against variants, so when you get the call, get the jab.”

The NHS recently invited everyone aged over 30 in England to receive the vaccine, and more than 60 million doses have now been administered overall.

As the data shows, take-up of the vaccine has seen extremely encouraging levels, with NHS England announcing the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme has jabbed more than half of people in their 30s in just over a fortnight, the Health Department said.

More than five million appointments have been made and 53 per cent of people aged 30-39 have received at least one dose since the programme began opening up to the age group on May 13.

“With such huge levels of support and vaccine take-up from the public, there are now over 5,00,000 people signed up to the Vaccine Research Registry, a register of individuals who are ready and willing to take part in large scale clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines.”

On Thursday, G7 Health Ministers will gather ahead of the leaders’ summit where the UK Health Secretary will praise the fantastic efforts of the NHS, volunteers and scientists over the last year in developing and rolling out the vaccine programme at pace.

The government has invested 19.3 million pounds into the Cov-Boost study, led by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, to trial seven vaccines to inform plans for a booster programme.

More than 13,000 lives have been saved so far thanks to the vaccines, reinforcing the importance of taking up the offer of a first and second dose when invited.

The G7 Health Ministers’ summit follows the announcement that Janssen’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has been authorised for use by the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA.

Earlier this year, the Janssen vaccine was shown to be 67 per cent effective overall in preventing COVID-19 infection and 85 per cent effective in preventing severe disease or hospitalisation.

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