The latest figures have suggested that the COVID vaccination program has saved around 123,000 lives in England alone.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Public Health England have calculated that vaccination against the coronavirus has prevented 123,100 deaths in the period up to 17 September.
Another 23.9 million infections did not occur as people received their jobs, along with 230,800 hospital admissions for people age 45 and older.
In England, more than 89 percent of people aged 16 and over have received at least one first dose of a COVID vaccine, and 82 percent are fully vaccinated.
However, vaccine intake is lowest among youth – only 83 per cent of people in their 30s in England have had their first jab, and the figure is less than 74 per cent for those aged 18-29.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, the medical director of Public Health England, urged people to be vigilant as case rates across the country remain high despite the success of the vaccination programme.
“With winter approaching, it is likely that there will be an increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths”, she said.
“Vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19. One dose is now being given to children aged 12 to 15 years and the third dose is being given to those over 50 and the medically vulnerable.”
Separate data from Public Health England show that COVID case rates are falling in most age groups, except for those aged five to 19.
The highest rate is in children ages 10 to 19, with 756.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to September 19, a sharp increase from 605.2 week-on-week.
This rate has increased from 389.7 to 483.5 in children aged five to nine years.
Dr Doyle said the public should continue to follow the same steps to protect themselves and others from coronavirus.
“Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces such as public transport to reduce the spread of infection. Avoid meeting with others if you feel unwell and be sure to do a PCR test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. “
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