New data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that more than a third of people aged 80 and over have received the COVID-19 vaccine
As of 10th January, 1,036,605 (34.6%) of people aged 80 and over in England have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to new data from Public Health England (PHE). A further 960,699 (1.7%) people under 80 have also had the first dose.
Due to the increased risk of death, if infected with COVID-19, those that are over 80 are in the second priority group, after care home residents and staff, as recommended by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said:
“To have vaccinated over a third of all over 80s by this point in the programme is a great achievement and I want to pay tribute to all those across the health system who have made this happen. Although this sets us on the right path to getting back to normal life, we are not there yet and people must continue to follow the guidance that is in place to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“These data will help us to evaluate the protection from the vaccine and to effectively target the roll-out of the programme to help control the virus and save lives.”