The UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout has been one of the most successful in the world. More than 87 percent of adults are now estimated to have had at least one jab, while 66 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated. Even with the virus mutating, getting the vaccine offers the best protection from the deadly virus.
But still the coronavirus picture is certainly worsening across parts of the UK as hospitals find themselves inundated with patients.
One in 95 people in private households in England – a total of about 578,000 – are estimated to have had coronavirus last week, official estimates show.
Figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics showed that 577,700 people in England were estimated to be unwell with the virus in the week ending 10 July.
This shows the rapid spread of the Delta variant and is the highest number since February when all of the UK was in a strict lockdown.
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Can you get Covid if you’ve had both jabs?
There is anecdotal evidence of people still becoming ill with COVID-19, even when they’ve had both doses of a vaccine – and scientists don’t rule this out either.
Becoming infected with COVID-19 even after having two jabs, and getting ill as a consequence, can still happen.
However, the vaccine does significantly reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill with the disease.
Twitter user Jacob Stopops posted online: “Well, my wife, 3 kids (ages 2-8), and myself all got Covid. Wife and I were fully vaccinated.
“We’re on the mend, and we’re so thankful for that, but it has been seriously rough.
“We had relaxed our personal protocols because we felt safe. We weren’t.
Asked by a follower what his symptoms were, he added: “Fevers, runny nose, headaches, allergy-like nasal pressure, general tiredness, muscle aches, some minor trouble breathing, etc.
“Could have been much worse, but hasn’t been a picnic.”
Another Twitter user posted: “Just tested positive for covid despite having my second vaccine done in May. Frustrated and slightly worried.”
A third wrote: “Two months after their second shots, my parents both tested positive this weekend for covid. Thankfully the symptoms seem minor (vaccines work!) but I think I’ll be keeping my mask on in the grocery store a while longer.”
One person who spoke to Express.co.uk said they, too, tested positive for COVID-19, several weeks after having their second dose.
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They had been shielding during the first two lockdowns, but thankfully suffered only the flu-like symptoms.
They said: “It was just like a really bad flu. We managed through it and it was only for a few days, but I’m so grateful I’d had both jabs as who knows how much worse it could have been.”
According to Public Health England, those who do become infected after one dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines were between 38 percent and 49 percent less likely to pass the infection on to others than those who were unvaccinated.
Public Health England has said that the Pfizer vaccine was found to be more than 88 percent effective at stopping the Delta variant of Covid two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine.
This is compared with around 60 percent for the AstraZeneca jab – while the vaccines were 96 percent and 92 percent effective respectively against hospitalisation from the virus.
The WHO explains: “The COVID-19 vaccines produce protection against the disease, as a result of developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
“Developing immunity through vaccination means there is a reduced risk of developing the illness and its consequences.
“This immunity helps you fight the virus if exposed.
“Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, because if you are protected from getting infected and from disease, you are less likely to infect someone else.
“This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as healthcare providers, older or elderly adults, and people with other medical conditions.
“Because Covid vaccines have only been developed in the past months, it’s too early to know the duration of protection of COVID-19 vaccines. Research is ongoing to answer this question.
“However, it’s encouraging that available data suggest that most people who recover from COVID-19 develop an immune response that provides at least some period of protection against reinfection – although we’re still learning how strong this protection is, and how long it lasts.”