Two-thirds of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Secretary said.

Sajid Javid said on Twitter: “Two-thirds of adults across the UK have now had two jabs.

“We have exceeded our target by almost a week – it’s a huge achievement. Thank you to everyone who came forward.

“The vaccine is our wall of defense against the virus.”

That figure is a key step ahead of a drastic easing of restrictions on Monday.

The government has delayed the lifting of most rules until July 19 so that two-thirds of adults can receive a double injection and every adult can be offered a first vaccine.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health shows that 34,997,491 people are now fully vaccinated, representing 66.4% of the adult population.

A total of 45,978,017 people received a dose of the vaccine, representing around 87.3% of all UK adults.

The numbers come as England prepares for lift all restrictions on coronaviruses on Monday, including limits on social contact and the legal mask requirement for interior spaces.

Some 1,200 scientists – including four members of SAGE – have urged the government to curb the July 19 plans, warning that the decision to unlock the country is “unethical.”

Writing in The Lancet, they accused the government of pursuing an “unscientific” policy of “herd immunity by mass infection”.

Scotland to relax majority of its remaining restrictions July 19, when it drops to level zero, but face masks will remain mandatory.

Earlier, the Premier of Wales, Mark Drakeford, announced the the nation is preparing to relax certain restrictions from Saturday, but masks should still be worn on public transport and in most indoor public places.

He added that most of the rules will be further relaxed on August 7, if cases remain low, but even after that, the requirement to wear face masks will be maintained for certain settings.

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Source: news.sky.com
This notice was published: 2021-07-14 13:07:00

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