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Vaccine milestone after one in three adults have second jab


He said: “One third of adults in the UK have now had their second dose of the Covid vaccine, a testament to the extraordinary efforts of NHS staff and volunteers. “Thank you to everyone who has made this happen. Get your jab when called.” Latest figures yesterday showed more than 35.3 million people (67 percent of adults) had received a first dose and 17.6 million (34 percent) a second. The milestone came as the UK reported just two coronavirus deaths in the daily toll, offering reassurance ahead of new freedoms next week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine helps to provide you with the fullest possible protection.This milestone is yet more evidence of the huge national vaccination effort we are in the middle of. I pay tribute to the huge team – NHS staff, councils and of course our wonderful volunteers who are working so hard to deliver vaccines in all parts of the UK.

“The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and tens of thousands of lives are being saved but the job is not yet done, I urge everyone, when the time comes, to get the jab.”

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The UK’s vaccination programme has been a huge success and reaching this milestone is a fantastic achievement. The phenomenal rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines is a testament to all involved from the scientists who developed them to the incredible NHS staff and volunteers delivering them.

“Everybody involved should rightly be proud of their contribution.”

NHS England confirmed that 14.8 million people have received both doses – just over a third of all over 18s.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: “Yet another incredible NHS milestone has been reached as one in three adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine, meaning that they have maximum protection.

“Reaching this milestone is no accident – it is down to months of hard work, and everyone in the NHS who has played a role in this is helping to protect millions of people from serious illness and saving lives.”

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