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More than three quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, the government has announced.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said a total of 86,780,455 jabs have now been administered, with 89% of people having received a first dose and 75% two doses.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the milestone as “a huge national achievement which we should all be proud of”.

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Sajid Javid visits a hospital
Image: Sajid Javid visited a Milton Keynes University hospital today

“Our incredible vaccine rollout has now provided vital protection against the virus to three-quarters of all UK adults. This is a huge national achievement, which we should all be proud of,” the prime minister said in a statement.

“It’s so important that those who haven’t been vaccinated come forward as soon as possible to book their jab – to protect themselves, protect their loved ones and allow us all to enjoy our freedoms safely.”

And Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the vaccine is “helping us to work our way out of this pandemic towards normal”.

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Francis Crick Vaccination Centre in central London, to have his second Covid-19 Vaccination Jab. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street
Image: Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the milestone as ‘a huge national achievement’

He also confirmed that preparations are being made to offer COVID booster jabs from next month.

The plan is for the flu jab to be offered to over 50s at the same time as their coronavirus booster, Mr Javid said.

“We’ll be reaching a new milestone today where we have already got some 90% of the population with one jab but we will today be reaching a milestone of 75% of adults will have had two jabs,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“And this is so important in building up a vaccine wall of defence. It is the thing that is helping us to work our way out of this pandemic towards normal.”

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The announcement comes as latest data from Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University shows that around 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections and 66,900 hospital admissions have been prevented by the vaccines.

It is believed two jabs provide over 90% protection against hospitalisation from the Delta variant, which is the dominant strain in the UK at present.

On booster jabs, Mr Javid said the government “are waiting for the final advice from JCVI”, adding: “But I anticipate it will begin in early September, so I’m already making plans for that.”

Booster jabs would work like the annual flu jab, which helps protect vulnerable people from getting the virus during the winter months
Image: Sajid Javid also confirmed that preparations are being made to offer COVID booster jabs from next month

“It’s really important that when we start that programme, the sort of first cohorts, the ones that got the jabs early on when we started our programme – the first in the world back in December last year – that those cohorts come first and so we will be prioritising it,” he said.

But a leading vaccination expert has suggested a booster programme may not be necessary.

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard told a group of parliamentarians: “The decision to boost or not should be scientifically driven.

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“The time which we would need to boost is if we saw evidence that there was an increase in hospitalisation or people dying amongst those who are vaccinated. That is not something that we’re seeing at the moment.”

He added that “there isn’t any reason at this moment to panic”.