- England’s COVID restrictions end on Monday
- Two-thirds of fully vaccinated adults
- Infection rates at highest level since January
LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Every adult in the UK has been offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Health said on Sunday, ahead of the end of legal restrictions in England on Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s goal was that every adult who wanted to shoot could get one by July 19.
So far, 87.8% of adults have received a first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the government also meeting the target of giving two-thirds of adults two doses of the vaccine by Monday.
Johnson is proceeding with a complete reopening of the economy despite a new wave of cases fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant. New infections hit their highest level since January.
Some scientists have expressed concern about the reopening given the high case rates, the large proportion of the population that is not yet fully vaccinated and the expected increases in hospitalizations and deaths. Read more
Johnson’s Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating. Read more
Johnson argues that the vaccine rollout has significantly weakened the link between COVID cases and deaths, and that summer is the best time to reopen the economy as the pressures on health services are lower
“Thanks again to everyone who came forward and to those who help others get stung. You are the reason we are able to carefully ease restrictions next week and get back to normal life, ”Johnson said in a statement.
Reportage by Listair Smout; Montage by Christina Fincher
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