30,000,000 people now fully vaccinated against Covid in the UK

More than 30 million people in the UK are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus after receiving both doses.

Just under 80% of people in the UK have had their first jab.

The milestone comes a day after the end of lockdown was pushed back by four weeks to vaccinate millions more people, with the rollout accelerated in an effort to give as much protection as possible.

The target of offering jabs to all adults by the end of July has been brought forward to July 19, with those over the age of 23 in England able to book their jab from today. Health leaders have suggested all adults in England should be able to book their first Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the week.

Sir Simon Stevens said that the NHS would ‘finish the job’ of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the ‘greatest extent possible’ over the next four weeks during the extension of lockdown.

The latest government figures show that 41,831,056 adults in the UK have been vaccinated with a first dose (79.4%), while 30,209,707 have received both doses (57.4%).

It is hoped that the delay for easing restrictions will mean that around two-thirds of adults will have been offered two doses of vaccine by July 19.

New data from Public Health England shows that vaccines are ‘highly effective’ in preventing hospital admission with the Delta variant of coronavirus, first detected in India.

PHE’s study of hospital admissions found that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 94% effective against hospital admission after just one dose, rising to 96% after two doses.

And the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 71% effective against hospital admission after just one dose, rising to 92% after two doses.

Unvaccinated people have twice the risk of hospital admission with the Delta variant as the Alpha variant.

Protection against death is also expected to be high, but further work is underway to confirm this, PHE said.

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