Dr. Susan Hopkins, director of strategic response for Covid-19 at Public Health England, said the UK is still “far from” achieving herd immunity.
Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street, she said, “One in ten people with immunity is far from where we need to be.
“Herd immunity is a word we use to describe the immunity we get from vaccination.
“The big task here is to make vaccination available first to those at high risk of death and hospitalization, and then to the rest of the population.
“Once we do that, we will have herd immunity.
“We shouldn’t focus on getting an infection and the consequences of that infection, but getting rid of it now.”
The government said another 592 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the UK total to 98,531.
Separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities for deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths that have occurred in the past few days, show that there are now 115,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK 19 gave.
The government also said there had been an additional 22,195 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9:00 a.m. on Monday.
Government data as of Jan. 24 show that of the 7,044,048 shocks delivered in the UK to date, 6,573,570 were first doses – an increase of 220,249 from the previous day’s numbers.
About 470,478 were second doses, an 818 increase from the numbers published the previous day.
The UK’s seven day moving average of first doses is now 358,724.
According to the latest figures, it would take an average of 401,259 first doses of vaccine per day to meet the government’s goal of 15 million first doses by February 15.