More than three quarters of UK adults fully vaccinated against Covid-19

10 August 2021, 15:04 | Updated: 10 August 2021, 15:08

More than three quarters of the adult population have received both doses of a Covid-19 jab
More than three quarters of the adult population have received both doses of a Covid-19 jab. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

More than three-quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a Covid19 vaccine, marking a major milestone in the fight against the virus.

A total of 86,780,455 doses have been administered in the UK, with 47,091,889 people receiving a first dose (89%) and 39,688,566 people receiving both doses (75%), according to DHSC statistics.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Our incredible vaccine rollout has now provided vital protection against the virus to three-quarters of all UK adults. This is a huge national achievement, which we should all be proud of.

"It's so important that those who haven't been vaccinated come forward as soon as possible to book their jab - to protect themselves, protect their loved ones and allow us all to enjoy our freedoms safely."

Health Secretary Sajid Javid added: "Three in four adults across the UK have now had both doses of the vaccine, which is incredible and a testament to the fantastic work of the NHS, volunteers and everyone involved in the rollout."

Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

Analysis shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after two doses.

The latest data from Public Health England and Cambridge University shows that around 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented by the vaccines.