England manager Gareth Southgate urged young people to regain their freedom by supporting the coronavirus vaccination program.
In the UK, more than 46 million people have now received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 36 million have received both doses.
But one in three 18 to 29 year olds has still not received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the virus is rampant in this age group, with more than one in 100 aged 20 to 29 tested positive last week. .
Around three million young adults in the UK have yet to be vaccinated, although all over 18s have been eligible since June 18.
Southgate, 50, whose England side lost the Euro 2020 final this month in a penalty shootout against Italy at Wembley, said in a video message: ‘I just wanted First of all thanking you for the support you have given the team this summer, but also for saying that we know the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everyone.
“And there is no doubt that the immunization program is our best way out of this problem, not only for us as a country, but across the world.
“I just wanted to say how important it is, if you haven’t had your vaccine yet, to go and do it.
“I know that elders like me had both jabs so that we could continue with our lives, but for you, the younger ones, in particular, it is the chance that everything opens up, to find your freedom again. Much of this is going to be that you have the vaccine.
“So don’t delay, go ahead, we can open everything, we can protect the people we need to protect and you will be freed. “
England manager Gareth Southgate urged young people to regain their freedom by supporting the coronavirus vaccination program
Southgate shared the heartfelt plea just weeks after his England side lost this month’s Euro 2020 final in a penalty shootout against Italy at Wembley
It comes as official analysis has found Covid hospital admissions among the elderly in England are three times lower than they would have been without the vaccines.
About 200 people over 65 were hospitalized with the virus on July 10, the latest date for which data are available, compared to 750 who would have been expected without the vaccination campaign.
In total, PHE estimates that more than 50,000 admissions have been averted in England and nearly 40,000 deaths.
The jabs are likely to work even better than suggested in the scan, which does not break down the number of unvaccinated hospital patients.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the country’s chief scientific adviser, said last week that around 60% of those admitted to hospital had not received a vaccine. A smaller proportion will have received only one dose.
The AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, which the majority of elderly Britons have received, have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by over 90%, even from the Delta variant.
Among those who still catch the Covid and are hospitalized, their illness is often milder than in previous waves and they come out more quickly, thanks to the jabs.
PHE said its analysis did not take into account the millions of infections that vaccines have prevented, which will also have indirectly reduced hospitalizations.
Many young people still have not received a first dose of the vaccine, despite nationwide vaccination campaigns. Pictured: A woman gets a vaccine at Chelsea FC on June 19
The number of daily infections in Britain is down for the first time in two months, with the Department of Health recording 39,906 positive tests – a drop of 17.8% from the number last Thursday.
This development was seen as the first glimmer of hope for a return to normal since the take-off of the third wave.
But Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline that although the drop is “positive”, the effects of Freedom Day on July 19 will not yet appear in the data.
He warned that it was possible that infections would start growing “exponentially” again in the coming weeks.
“I would like to warn that this may just be a temporary slowdown in reports before we start to see a return to exponential growth towards the end of next week due to the end of the week restrictions.” last, ”he said.
Professor Hunter said we won’t find out until August 9 – three weeks after so-called “freedom day”.
But, like deaths, they are kept five times lower than the January peak thanks to the vaccine rollout, which has seen nearly 230,000 additional doses administered today.
Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, has warned that infections may start to grow ‘exponentially’ again in the coming weeks
In total, when children sent home for isolation from school are included, up to 1.8 million people were asked to quarantine last week – or 3% of the entire population
Data shows 618,903 alerts were sent to England and Wales in the week ending July 14, a 17% increase from the previous seven days and a new record. The red line shows the cumulative number of trace alerts sent throughout the pandemic, while the blue bars represent the number each week
It comes as hundreds of thousands more have been plunged into pingdemic chaos after being ordered to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app.
Data shows that 618,903 alerts were sent during the week ending July 14, a 17% increase from the previous seven days and a new record.
The government on Thursday released a list of exemptions for key workers in energy, waste, water and food supply and production.