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More than 85m COVID-19 vaccines administered in UK

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MORE than 85 million doses of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine have been administered across the UK, the latest figures show, as the government continues to urge everyone eligible to get their vaccines as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones according to data from National Health Service.

  A total of 85,196,986 doses have been administered in the UK, with 46,851,145 people receiving a first dose (88.6%) and 38,345,841 people receiving both doses (72.5%).

  The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University shows that around 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections and 52,600 hospitalisations have been prevented by vaccines up to 23 July.

  Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said: In under 8 eight months, health services across the UK have delivered more than 85 million doses – this is a phenomenal achievement. It has shown Britain at its best.

  From our NHS administering the jabs, to the armed forces, thousands of volunteers and civil servants, you have all played an important role in getting us to this life-saving milestone – and I want to thank you all for your tireless efforts.

  Please get both of your jabs if you haven’t already to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  Data from PHE shows COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.   The analysis shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.

  The UK met the Prime Minister’s target ahead of schedule to vaccinate two-thirds of adults in the UK with both doses and to offer a first dose to all adults by 19 July.

  All adults in the UK are able to get their second doses after eight weeks. This will mean every adult has the chance to have 2 doses by mid September.

  Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi said: Our COVID-19 vaccination programme has been an enormous success and has allowed us to cautiously ease restrictions.

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