About nine in ten people in England aged 50 and over are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to new figures.
An estimated 90.3% of people in this age group had received two doses of a vaccine by June 13th.
The government’s goal is to offer both vaccinations to everyone aged 50 and over by June 21.
In this age group, an estimated 91.8% of people over 80 have received both doses – that is, 8.2%, or about one in twelve, are still not fully vaccinated.
The estimates are higher for 70 to 79 year olds (97.6%) and 60 to 69 year olds (93.0%).
An estimated 83.0% of 50 to 59 year olds received both doses.
In response to the numbers, Dr. Emily Lawson, NHS England Director Covid Vaccination Program: “The extraordinary success of the NHS Covid Vaccination Program is due to the dedication of thousands of hardworking NHS staff and volunteers, as well as the extraordinary planning and execution of the rollout that has now resulted in around nine out of ten people over the age of 50 are fully vaccinated.
“Getting the vaccine is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from Covid-19, and it’s so important to keep that dynamic going. I urge everyone to book your jabs now and join the tens of millions who have already been protected. “
Vaccination figures were published by the NHS England and combined with population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
The time between vaccine doses has now been shortened from 12 weeks to eight weeks for all people over 40 in order to offer the greatest possible protection against the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first identified in India.
An estimated 41.3% of 40 to 49 year olds in England have received two doses to date.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that the government intends to offer a second dose of the vaccine by July 19 to anyone over 40 who received their first dose by mid-May.
July 19th is also the goal that every adult is offered a first dose.
An estimated four in five adults in the UK – 80.1% – are now estimated to have had at least one vaccination, with 42.2 million first doses given since vaccination began more than six months ago.
In Wales, 2,225,499 first doses were given, representing 88.2% of the adult population.
This is well ahead of the UK’s other three nations, with Scotland now 80.6% (3,571,726 first doses), England 79.7% (35,290,759 first doses) and Northern Ireland 77.7% (1,128,670 first doses) Cans).
The figures were published by the four UK health authorities.
At the local level in England, the estimated percentage of fully vaccinated people aged 50 and over is in Stratford-upon-Avon (98.2%), according to an analysis by the PA news agency.
This is followed by Hart in Hampshire (96.8%), Stroud in Gloucestershire (96.5%) and Warwick (96.3%).
The lowest proportion is found in the London borough of Westminster (62.4%), the City of London (65.2%) and the London borough of Camden (67.3%).