Over 100,000 deaths in England have been prevented through the Covid-19 vaccination programme, new figures from Public Health England show.
PHE estimates that between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths from the virus have been directly prevented by vaccinations, up from previous estimates that had put the number between 91,700 and 98,700. Approximately 82,100 hospital admissions have also been prevented.
Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said: “Today’s new data showing that vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives in England is phenomenal and testament to the UK’s vaccination programmed.
“The vaccines have made a life-changing difference to so many of us and continue to help us build a stronger wall of defense every day.
“With over 24 million infections prevented, vaccines are keeping people safe from harm and helping us reclaim our freedoms so we can return to normal life.
“Getting the vaccine has never been easier, thanks to sites being made available across a variety of sites including places of worship, festivals, and sporting grounds so please ensure you get your jab as soon as possible to ensure yourself, your loved ones and the people around you are protected.”
The data comes as PHE recorded a rise in Covid cases in every region of England except for London and Yorkshire and the Humber – with the highest being recorded in the South West, which had a rate of 481.7 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 22.