60% of people being admitted to UK hospitals are unvaccinated - adviser

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Medical staff treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients at Milton Keynes University Hospital, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Milton Keynes

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said that 60% of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, correcting an earlier statement he made on Monday.

Vallance earlier said at a news conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson that 60% of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have had two doses of vaccine.

"Correcting a statistic I gave at the press conference," Vallance said on Twitter. "About 60% of hospitalisations from COVID are not from double vaccinated people, rather 60% of hospitalisations from COVID are currently from unvaccinated people."

(This story corrects as the chief scientific adviser corrects statement to make clear the 60% figure applies to the unvaccinated, not double vaccinated)

(Reporting by Kate Holton; writing by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Howard Goller)

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