| 31 January 2023, Tuesday |

More than 75 percent of UK adults now provided double Covid doses

UK government said that almost 75 percent of adults have now received two Covid-19 shots.

According to the latest figures, a total of 39,688,566 people have now received both doses, while another 7 million have only had a single shot.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the milestone in the vaccine rollout as a “huge national achievement”.

But Oxford Vaccine Group director Prof Sir Andrew Pollard has warned that herd immunity is “not a possibility”.

Margaret Keenan became the first person to be inoculated as part of the UK rollout on December 8. Since then more there have been more than 86.7 million vaccinations delivered, with people receiving their jabs everywhere from sports stadiums to circuses.

The UK reached the milestone of getting 50 percent of adults double jabbed on 3 June and 25 percent of adults had received both doses by 27 April.

A further 32,250 first shots and 137,028 second doses were given across the UK on Monday.

The latest data also shows there were 23,510 new cases of Covid as well as a further 146 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

The prime minister hailed the “incredible vaccine rollout” and said it had provided vital protection against the virus for three-quarters of adults.