The Pfizer vaccine jab is proving to be “less effective” at stopping the Delta variant, a fresh study from Israel has warned.
The effectiveness of the vaccine versus the Delta strain compared to the Kent variant has dropped somewhat.
A study from Israel has found the effectiveness has fallen to 64 per cent.
But at preventing serious illness or hospitalisations, its effectiveness remains over 90 per cent.
A total of 66,368,542 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and July 4, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 148,420 on the previous day.
NHS England said 38,044,157 were first doses, a rise of 62,672 on the previous day, while 28,324,385 were a second dose, an increase of 85,748.
BirminghamLive is supporting the vaccination rollout – vaccines have been vigorously tested and are recognised as the only way to protect our region from Covid-19 and get all our businesses open again safely.
But you may have questions still. You can ask your doctor and also dedicated websites have been set up by Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and its partner CCG in Black Country and West Birmingham with everything you might want to ask about the local vaccination rollout.
If you want to book a vaccine appointment, visit the NHS vaccines website here.
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It comes as Downing Street denied that the Government was hoping to develop herd immunity among the unvaccinated population.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told Westminster reporters: “Herd immunity is not in any way a Government goal.
“You know our approach, which is to vaccinate the adult population. We are still waiting on advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) as regards children.”
On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described summer as a “firebreak” allowing a reopening now, rather than in winter which would be a more “difficult time” or delaying until next year.
Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said the lifting of coronavirus restrictions is a “calculated risk”.
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