With uncertainties as to whether or not freedom day will take place on June 21 as originally planned in the government's roadmap out of lockdown, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, confirms that jabs have finally started to break the link between infections and admissions.
Success of the vaccine
As a result, only three Britons hospitalised with the Delta variant had received the two jabs against the virus. The latest data shows that out of a little over 12,000 of the people who had been afflicted by the Delta variant only 126 of them required having to be admitted to a hospital for more intensive care.
Out of the 126 requiring further medical assistance in hospitals, three had been fully vaccinated, 28 had received one dose while 83 had yet to receive a jab. Data was unavailable for the 12 other patients left. In a statement, Mr. Hancock said:
The jabs are working, we have to keep coming forward to get them and that includes, vitally, that second jab, which we know gives better protection against the Delta variant. The latest estimates indicate the vaccination programme has averted over 39,000 hospitalisations and over 13,000 deaths.
Under 30s are next in line
The news comes as those between 25 and 29—one of the most at risk demographics for the Delta strain—will be next in line in receiving the coronavirus jabs. Mr. Hancock explained:
From this week we will start offering vaccinations to people under 30, bringing us ever closer to the goal of offering a vaccine to all adults in the UK by the end of next month.
From tomorrow morning we will open up vaccination to people aged 25 to 29.So the vaccination brings us hope and I’m sure the whole house will join me in thanking people for their perseverance and patience as they’ve waited for their turn.