Three million coronavirus vaccines have now been administered, the Health Secretary has said.
Matt Hancock tweeted that he was ‘delighted’ with the news: ‘We’re accelerating the Covid vaccine roll-out across the UK.’
It comes as it was revealed people previously infected with the coronavirus have more protection against reinfection five months later than people getting the Oxford vaccine, and the same level of immunity that is provided by the Pfizer jab.
Data from PHE’s SIREN study, which follows more than 20,000 healthcare workers at more than 100 sites across Britain, looked at how many members of NHS staff in the study group caught the virus more than once.
Matt Hancock tweeted that he was ‘delighted’ with the news: ‘We’re accelerating the Covid vaccine roll-out across the UK’
A total of 6,614 workers were found to have had the virus in early 2020, either through antibody testing, PCR swabs or clinical evaluation based on symptoms.
Just 44 people from this group later tested positive for the coronavirus as a result of reinfection.
PHE scientists say this means previous infection confers 83 per cent protection against reinfection, and also reduces the likelihood of developing symptoms and severe disease.