The Covid bites have saved nearly 12,000 lives and prevented 33,000 hospitalizations, according to figures revealed yesterday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock called the numbers “remarkable” after a “heartbreaking and difficult year.”
Research from Public Health England showed vaccines prevented at least 11,700 deaths in people aged 60 and over from December to April.
This included 9,900 people aged 80 and over, 1,500 people aged 70 to 79 and 300 people aged 60 to 69.
Mr Hancock said: ‘In just a few months, our Covid-19 vaccines have saved the lives of more than 11,700 people and prevented more than 33,000 from being hospitalized.
“After a heartbreaking and difficult year, it’s remarkable.
“It is tens of thousands of parents, children, siblings, friends and loved ones saved – and millions more who did not have to feel the impact of this horrific too. loss.
“This is further proof that getting the vaccine is one of the most important things you will be asked to do in your life.
Another 184,210 people received their first doses on Wednesday, along with 452,437 booster shots, meaning that 35.9 million – two-thirds of adults – have received at least one vaccine and 18.9 million are fully vaccinated
Only 99 people were admitted to hospitals across the UK with Covid on Sunday – the most recent tally – marking only the second time since last August that fewer than 100 new patients have been admitted
Government figures showed yesterday that 11 more people had died from the virus, as the day before.
This latest research compared the actual number of deaths with those that would likely have occurred had vaccines not been available.
He estimates that they avoided some 33,000 hospitalizations, including 3,900 among 65 to 74 year olds, 13,100 among 75 to 84 year olds and 16,000 among those aged 85 and over.
PHE said growing evidence that vaccines help reduce transmission of the virus means the real numbers could be even higher.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Immunization Manager at PHE, said: “The vaccine has already saved so many lives and now we can see the huge impact it has had in preventing serious disease and therefore protecting our lives. hospitals.
VACCINES OPEN TO 38 AND 39 YEARS OLD
England’s coronavirus vaccination program opened to people under the age of 40 for the first time yesterday.
NHS England said around a million adults between the ages of 38 and 39 would be asked to show up for their jab.
They will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on the back of advice from medical regulators last week.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said those under 40 should have an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab due to its link to rare blood clots.
People who qualify for a jab will be invited via a text of ‘NHSvaccine’, which includes a web link to the health service’s online booking service.
Those who cannot access the internet can call 119 instead for an appointment at one of the 1,600 vaccine administration sites across England.
So far, more than a quarter of the entire UK population – 18.1 million – has been fully vaccinated against Covid and more than half – 35 million – have received the first dose.
NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said the success of the deployment was due to “careful planning and precision by NHS staff”.
As these numbers show, getting your vaccine could save your life or prevent you from getting seriously ill from Covid-19.
“It will also drastically reduce your chances of getting infected and infecting others. It is vital that you receive both doses of your vaccine when offered.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “The Covid-19 vaccination program continues at its record pace and it is fantastic to see the incredible impact it is already having on the country.
“Wherever you come from, whatever your religion, ethnicity or background, be sure to reserve your vaccine when the time comes.
A government-commissioned study from Imperial College London on Thursday found the vaccine rollout reduced infection rates among people over 55 in April and experts said it broke the link with hospital admissions and deaths.
The REACT survey found that infections fell 50% between March and April, and infections fell the most – by two-thirds – in the 55-64 age group, millions of them who received their first dose of vaccine.
The study found that a total of one in 1,000 people in England tested positive in the last two weeks of April.
That was a drop of one in 500 at the end of March and one in 64 at the start of January.
One of the study’s authors, Imperial College epidemiologist Prof. Paul Elliott, said: “There was a halving of the prevalence from late March to mid-April and over. may’s beginning …
“There is a decline in all age groups except 25 to 34 years, with a particularly significant decrease in 55 to 64 years and, of course, this coincides with the deployment of the vaccination program in this group. age. “.
He added: “We have seen falls earlier in older people who had been vaccinated and there was a decoupling of infections between hospitalizations and deaths. We see the effects of vaccines in our data ”.