More than half of all adults in the U.K. have been fully vaccinated against Covid and three quarters have received at least one dose of a vaccine, amid plummeting, yet still exaggerated Covid death rates. Sky News has the story.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the achievement, tweeting: “Another Important milestone today. 50% of all adults in the U.K. have had the protection of two doses.
“Thank you to a brilliant team. We keep going.”
On Wednesday, it was announced that three-quarters of adults in the U.K. had received a first jab.
A total of 26,422,303 second doses have now been delivered – equivalent to 50.2% of the adult population – since the vaccination rollout began last December.
Advisers to the Government continue to warn against an easing of restrictions on June 21st, saying also that “vaccine beating variants” will emerge in the future. Sky News continues:
The most significant spike in cases is among people aged between 10 and 29, many of whom are yet to have a jab, according to PHE data.There were 72.3 cases per 100,000 people among this age group in the week up to May 30th – rising week-on-week from 55.1.
The second highest rate is among those aged 20-29 – increasing from 31.6 to 52.0 per 100,000.
Dr Mike Gent, Incident Director for the Covid response at PHE, said: “We are getting some increases in case rates once again, particularly in younger age groups who are not yet being vaccinated and are having regular testing.”
He said this was “to be expected” as the country opens up and people begin to socialise.
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