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More than third of adults in England fully vaccinated against Covid

Nearly 15 million people have now had two jabs in England (Picture: AFP)

More than a third of adults in England have now had two coronavirus vaccine jabs, it has been confirmed.

Some 14, 871, 208 people have been given a second dose, NHS figures showed on Sunday.

The achievement was branded ‘another incredible milestone’, as the country’s inoculation roll out continues at pace.

In total, 44, 449, 424 Covid-19 vaccinations have now taken place in England – a rise of 541,513 on the previous day.

NHS England said 29,578,216 were the first dose of a vaccine.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: ‘Yet another incredible NHS milestone has been reached as one in three adults in England have now had both doses of the Covid vaccine – meaning that they have maximum protection from the virus.

‘Reaching this milestone is no accident – it is down to months of hard work and everyone in the NHS who has played a role in this is helping to protect millions of people from serious illness and saving lives.’

Britain is now vaccinating younger people who are less vulnerable to Covid-19 (Picture: Reuters)

There is expected to be a campaign of boosters jabs later in the year, while some children could also be offered vaccines.

But there is pressure on the UK to help countries who are yet to vaccinate vulnerable people before offering third jabs here.

The UK is currently offering jabs to those aged 40 and over.

Across the UK as a whole, around 52.4 million jabs had been administered – with just over two thirds being first doses – according to figures updated on Saturday.

Meanwhile, ahead of another easing of lockdown restrictions on May 17, one prominent scientist has suggested that the UK could be ‘free of Covid’ in August.

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