24 May 2021

New data from Public Health England shows that people who receive a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine have around 80% lower risk of death from Covid-19 compared with unvaccinated individuals. And protection against death from the Pfizer vaccine rises from approximately 80% percent after one dose to 97% percent after 2 doses.

The national booking service is now open to everyone over the age of 32 to book their first Covid-19 vaccination: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

The GP-led vaccination service also has plenty of availability this week - and reminds anyone aged over 40 who has still not had their vaccine to contact their GP practice to book an appointment.

Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths.

The latest figures show that the UK has now passed the 60 million mark - with over 22 million people (34% of the population) now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Vaccination uptake rates remain high with all priority cohorts showing well over 90 per cent nationally - and 19 out of 20 people aged 50 and over have already taken up the offer. The number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds coming forward has more than tripled over March and April.

The NHS in St Helens is also reminding people to make sure they attend for their second appointment as planned to give the optimum protection the vaccine can offer.

More than 110,000 people in St Helens have received their first dose of protection and over 74,000 have already been fully vaccinated.

These figures are the result of the GP-led service and mass vaccination centre at Saints as well as a number of local pharmacies in the local area.