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Over 70M corona vaccine doses administered in UK so far; 29M get both doses

Vaccination . Photo: UK government

London, June 11 (MNN) Over 70 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the UK, with more than 41 million adults receiving at least one jab and 29 million both the doses, the government said on Friday.

The latest figures published on Friday show that 70,253,625 doses have been administered, through which 41,088,485 persons have been vaccinated with a first dose (78 per cent), and 29,165,140 with both doses (55.4 per cent), the Department of Health and Social Care said.

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

NHS England has extended the offer of a vaccine to everyone aged 25 and over this week.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at an unparalleled pace and we are almost at the final lap of the race to offer a dose to all adults by the end of July.

“70 million total doses is a phenomenal achievement and it’s truly heartening to think that this provides 70 million shots of protection and hope for a country that has battled so hard to keep COVID-19 under control over the past 18 months.

“The number of appointments booked over the past few days just goes to show how enthusiastic we are as a nation towards getting the vaccine – I urge all who are eligible to get their jab at the earliest possible opportunity.”

A recent study by Public Health England (PHE) shows that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant is similar after 2 doses compared with the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant, and the country expects to see even higher levels of effectiveness against hospitalisation and death.

To ensure people have the strongest possible protection against COVID-19, appointments for second doses have been brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top 9 priority groups who have yet to receive both doses.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “This is another fantastic milestone and cause for celebration. 70 million vaccines administered in total is a testament to the tireless work of our brilliant health and care workforce, who I can’t thank enough for their efforts.

“With over 14,000 lives saved, the benefits of the vaccine are clear – when offered the jab, make sure you book your appointment and secure the fullest possible protection you can.”

Data from PHE’s real-world study shows the vaccines are already having a significant impact in the UK, reducing hospitalisations and deaths, saving 14,000 lives and preventing 42,000 hospitalisations in England.

PHE analysis also shows that individuals who receive a single dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80 per cent lower risk of death against the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant and a second dose of the vaccine can provide 85 per cent to 90 per cent protection against symptomatic disease.

Protection against death from the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine rises from approximately 80 per cent after one dose to 97 per cent after 2 doses against the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant.

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