Last reviewed 10 August 2021
In a rollout described by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) as phenomenal, three-quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of one of the Covid-19 vaccines.
A total of 86,780,455 doses have been administered across the country, with 47,091,889 people receiving a first dose (89%) and 39,688,566 people receiving both doses (75%).
Data from Public Health England (PHE) show that the vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant. Its analysis shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after two doses.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “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”.
The Government is working closely with the NHS to make it as easy as possible to get a vaccine, he went on, including through pop-up vaccine sites such as the one at London-based club Heaven last weekend as well as at football stadiums and festivals up and down the country.
With all adults in the UK able to get their second doses after eight weeks, every adult has the chance to have two doses by mid-September. They will be required to prove they have had both jabs in order to enter nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather by the end of that month.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Getting two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine is the key to enjoying a host of new freedoms safely — whether that be to enjoy a trip abroad with family or a night out with friends — as we continue to build our wall of protection”.