The number of people given both doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK has passed 15 million.

Almost 30 per cent of all UK adults have received two jabs, according to the latest figures from the Government.

It said it is still on track to meet its target of offering a first jab to all adults by the end of July.

Last week, NHS England began inviting people aged 40 and over to get their first dose.

As of Sunday, 34,505,380 million people had received one dose and 15,329,617 million had been given their second jab, for a total of just under 50 million vaccines.

The Government also said a further 14 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 127,538.

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A vaccinator administers an injection of AstraZeneca and Oxford Covid-19 vaccine to a patient
A woman receives the Oxford and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine
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Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 1,671 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,420,201.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked those who had made the vaccination rollout possible as the UK reached the milestone of 15 million fully vaccinated people.

He tweeted: “15 million people across our United Kingdom have received two doses of a COVID vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Please keep coming forward to get your jabs to give yourself maximum protection from the virus.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “It’s fantastic news that 15 million people have now received two jabs.

“The vaccination progress has been extraordinary, and I want to give my thanks to all the team – NHS, volunteers, military and so many others.

“Getting a second dose is absolutely vital to ensure people are getting the strongest possible protection from this deadly virus – I encourage everyone to book their jab as soon as they are offered it.”

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “The biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues to break records thanks to careful planning and, just as we promised, April has seen a focus on second doses with over 15 million people now benefiting from the maximum immunity offered by the vaccines.

“It is vital that when it is your time everybody gets their second dose for stronger and longer lasting protection.”

One dose of a vaccine reduced household transmission of the virus by up to 50 per cent, according to vaccine effectiveness data from Public Health England (PHE)

A real-world study from PHE showed vaccines had reduced hospitalisations and deaths, and suggested that more than 10,000 lives had been saved between December, when the campaign began with the rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, and March.

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A study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Oxford University suggests Covid infections fell by 65 per cent after the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, and increased even further after the second dose.

The UK has secured 517 million doses of eight vaccines. Three have been approved for use by Britain’s medicines regulator so far.

The UK has secured:

  • 100 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine
  • 100 million doses from Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 100 million from Valneva
  • 60 million from Novavax
  • 60 million from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur
  • 50 million from CureVac
  • 30 million doses from Janssen
  • 17 million doses from Moderna

The BioNTech/Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are currently in use.

Under-30s are being offered an alternative Covid vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab due to the evidence linking it to rare blood clots.

UK on ‘last lap’

Earlier on Sunday, Dominic Raab urged caution in the “last lap” of the fight against coronavirus, arguing there is only “a little bit more time” until all legal restrictions on social interaction are removed.

The Foreign Secretary said on Sunday that “steady steps” out of lockdown are “the smart way to go” so that the many sacrifices are not squandered as people plead for hugs between family members to be permitted again sooner.

Mr Raab insisted that the Government would publish a list of nations deemed safe to visit “shortly” ahead of the expected lifting of the ban on international holidays for people in England from May 17.

And he said that “all the different contingencies” are being looked at when asked about a reported plan to consider offering vaccines to secondary school pupils as soon as September.

“We’re very close now to really turning the corner and I think we still need to be careful to go as I said we don’t want to see the gains lost and the sacrifices that have been made undone,” the Cabinet minister told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

“By the time we get to June 21 almost all social restrictions will be lifted so there’s only a little bit more time to go, but it’s right to make sure we do that in a careful way.”

Revellers use hand sanitisers as they arrive for a music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP)
Revellers use hand sanitisers as they arrive for a music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool, which is a trial event before restrictions are eased
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He acknowledged that the rollout of vaccines has increased the temptation for still prohibited social interactions outside individuals’ households including “hugging your loved ones that you haven’t been able to do for a while”.

“I do think we just need to make sure that in the last lap, if you like, that we are careful and we don’t lose the gains we’ve made,” he added.

Ministers are yet to publish details of a new traffic light system detailing different rules for people returning from overseas travel depending on the risk.

Mr Raab told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC that the lists categorising countries into three groups is “coming shortly”.

Meanwhile, a scientist advising the Government warned it is vital that people do not think that vaccines are the only thing that is going to halt the pandemic.

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told Marr: “We really do know that lockdown works and that public events, mass events, will feed the spread of the virus, and that we mustn’t take our concentration off that and think that just by vaccinating we are going to be out of the situation.”

A chart showing the number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK
The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK

Mr Raab said “some safeguards” may stay in place when legal restrictions end, such as continued use of masks and physical distancing.

And he said no decision has been made on whether to vaccinate children but that the Government is looking at “different contingencies”.

The Sunday Times reported that Pfizer jabs may be offered to secondary pupils from September when the new school year starts.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “No decisions have been made on whether children should be offered vaccinations and we will be guided by the experts once clinical trials have concluded.”

Meanwhile, self-isolation requirements for individuals who have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus could be relaxed as a result of a major new study utilising rapid testing.

Daily lateral flow tests will be given to as many as 40,000 people who have a positive Covid-19 contact in the Government-backed research announced on Sunday.

Instead of the 10 days of quarantine currently required, the participants will be sent a week’s worth of tests and will be able to go about their lives as before, as long as the results are negative.

The trial across England may provide greater evidence to reduce the length of time contacts of positive cases need to isolate, under efforts to restart social lives and reopen the economy.



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