More than half of Britain’s total population is currently undergoing the first jab against Covid-19, the latest government figures said.
NHS data up to April 23 show that 28,102,852 of the 38,189,536 total doses previously given in the United Kingdom were the first dose.
This means that the total initial dose in the UK is 33,496,293, with recent figures not yet reported by Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
With an estimated population of 66,796,807 in the UK, the latest figures show that more than half of the population is first vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine.
Anyone over the age of 45 can arrange a jab in the UK. The same is true for clinically vulnerable people and healthcare professionals.
Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the NHS Provider, said: “It’s amazing that half of the UK population has at least one Covid-19 jab.
“In less than five months, the NHS staff and volunteers at the forefront of trust and primary care have done a great job of doing more than 33 million first jabs and more than 11 million second doses.
“We thank each and every one of us. We have made really great progress, but by the end of July we will reach the next major milestone of providing the first jab to all adults. There is still a long way to go. “
Experts said the vaccine should be able to control the Covid-19 pandemic, as it released new real-world UK data showing that jabs reduce and are likely to reduce infections.
A single dose of either the Pfizer / BioNTech or Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine reduces coronavirus cases by two-thirds and is 74% effective against sexually transmitted infections.
After two doses of Pfizer, there was a 70% reduction in all cases and a 90% reduction in symptomatological cases. These are the people who are most likely to infect others with the coronavirus.
Experts are still collecting data on two doses of AstraZeneca, but their findings show that both vaccines are effective and effective in the real world.
One of the new studies, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, is based on data from a national Covid-19 infection survey conducted by the University of Oxford and the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS).
This included a random sample of more than 373,000 adults from across the United Kingdom with more than 1.6 million swab test results between December and April.