Covid: Over 90% of patients in England have not been double-vaccinated

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The Government is urging people to get jabbed as new data suggests vaccinations are stopping hospitalisations in older people (Picture: PA)

Just 40 people hospitalised with the Delta variant of coronavirus have been double vaccinated, official figures show.

It means that of the 488 people who had to stay in English hospitals overnight with a confirmed case of the strain first identified in India, more than 90% had not had two vaccines.

Public Health England data shows that 324 of those hospitalised between February 1 and June 14 – some 66% – were unvaccinated.

At a Covid press briefing on Wednesday evening, the Vaccines Minister said those stats ‘really (do) show the importance of getting the jab and critically, getting that second dose.’

Nadhim Zahawi also paid tribute to young people coming forward to be jabbed.

He said: ‘I have been absolutely thrilled to see videos of young people coming forward at some of our major vaccination events last weekend and I’m sure they’ll be doing the same this coming weekend.

‘The enthusiasm is making a huge difference. We have already given first doses to almost half of all 25 to 29-year-olds in England and only a week after the programme opened to all adults on Friday, one third of people aged between 18 and 25 have had their first dose.

A graphic from Wednesday’s press conference showed that hospital admissions are now higher among younger people, who have not been vaccinated (Picture: Downing Street)

‘To all of the young people who have stepped up, I want to say a huge thank you – you’ve protected yourself, you’ve protected your families and you’ve protected your communities, because the one thing you know, that we know, is that vaccines are making the real difference.’

Elsewhere, Mr Zahawi said the vaccination roll out meant less older people were now being admitted to hospital.

He explained: ‘In January, people over 65 made up the vast majority of hospital admissions. That is why we vaccinated them early in the programme.

‘If you look at the most recent data, they show that now they make up less than a third.

‘So when we look at the protection that the vaccines deliver, it is clear from that slide that it’s extremely effective, especially with two doses, against the Delta variant.’

It comes as the UK recorded a 44% jump in week-on-week Covid-19 cases.

On Wednesday, the country reported more than 16,000 new daily infections, fuelled by the more infectious Delta variant, which is now dominant in the country after slipping through UK borders.

Ministers now see the spike in cases as part of a race to get as many people vaccinated as possible before July 19 – England’s new ‘freedom day’.

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