Three quarters of UK adults have had first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

It is estimated that three quarters of adults in the UK have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, latest figures show.

A total of 39,585,665 first doses have been given since the vaccination started almost six months ago.

This corresponds to 75.2% of all people aged 18 and over.

In Wales, 2,152,709 first doses were given, representing 85.3% of the adult population.

This is well ahead of the UK’s other three nations, with England now 74.7% (33,085,145 first doses), Scotland with 74.1% (3,286,261 first doses) and Northern Ireland with 73.1% (1,061. 550 first cans).

The latest figures were released by the four UK health authorities.

They also show that an estimated 49.5% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including half (50.0%) of adults in England.

In Scotland, an estimated 47.5% of adults have received both doses, along with 46.5% in Northern Ireland and 45.1% in Wales.

Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers, described the recent milestones in the introduction of vaccination as “an incredible success” with three quarters of adults in the UK having a first dose and 50% of adults in England having both vaccinations.

He added, “We know vaccines break the chain between infection rates, hospital admissions and death. But we also know that two doses are better than one, especially in our fight against the Delta (Indian) variant.

“Although there’s a lot to party, we still have a way to go before people both have jabs. We also know it takes three weeks for the dose to be fully effective.

“We urge everyone to get their jabs when they are offered them.”

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