The latest data show that 60,000 deaths and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented by the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which continues to be rolled out

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As the NHS progresses with its largest ever vaccination programme, the DHSC has announced that a total of 86,780,455 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the UK so far, with 89% of people receiving a first dose and 75% of people receiving both doses.

Completing the two-dose schedule provides over 90% protection against hospitalisation from the Delta variant, which is the dominant strain in the UK.

Approximately 60,000 deaths, 66,900 hospitalisations, and 22 million infections have been prevented by the vaccines, according to the most recent data from Public Health England and the University of Cambridge.

Commenting on the latest figures, Dr Nikita Kanani, Medical Director for Primary Care and Deputy for the NHS COVID-19 Programme, said: ‘NHS staff have pulled out all the stops to get the life-saving COVID jab to people as soon as possible and their exceptional hard work rolling out the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in history has meant that three quarters of all adults are now fully vaccinated, including 95% of people aged 50 and over in England.’

Changes to self-isolation requirements

From 16 August, people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will also no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. People will continue to be advised to take a polymerase chain reaction test, and anyone who tests positive will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.

The Government also announced that double-vaccinated frontline NHS and social care professionals in England who have been told to self-isolate, will be permitted to attend work in exceptional circumstances where testing mitigations are in place. A limited number of critical workers may also in exceptional circumstances be able to leave self-isolation to attend work if they are deemed a close contact and informed to do so by their employer.