One in four double-jabbed people in UK likely to have received extra dose

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Doctor Abhi Mantgani gives a Covid-19 vaccine booster to Joanne Coombs at Birkenhead Medical Building in Merseyside (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)
Doctor Abhi Mantgani gives a Covid-19 vaccine booster to Joanne Coombs at Birkenhead Medical Building in Merseyside (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)

One in four of all double-jabbed people in the UK are likely to have received either a booster or third dose of Covid-19 vaccine, new figures suggest.

A total of 11,823,643 extra doses of vaccine have now been delivered across the country, according to Government data.

This is the equivalent of 25.7% of everyone in the UK who has previously received a first and second dose.

Not all double-jabbed people are currently eligible for an extra dose.

Boosters are available six months after a second dose for all adults aged 50 and over, along with other key groups including frontline health and social care workers, while third doses are available eight weeks after a second dose to people aged 12 and over with severely weakened immune systems.

(PA Graphics) (PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics) (PA Graphics)

But the latest figures reflect the scale of the rollout of extra jabs, as well as the speed at which it is being delivered.

A week ago, the total number of extra doses stood at just over nine million, or the equivalent of one in five of all double-jabbed people.

That figure now stands at one in four.

Analysis by the PA news agency shows Scotland has given an extra dose of vaccine to the equivalent of 28.6% of its double-jabbed population, ahead of Wales (27.6%), England (25.7%) and Northern Ireland (15.5%).

Scotland and Wales both publish daily figures for vaccine take-up by entire age groups – whether they are double-jabbed or not – and these show 77.5% of all people aged 80 and over in Scotland have now received an extra dose, along with 71.1% in Wales.

In England, 2.1 million over-80s have now had an extra dose – the equivalent of around 74% of all people in this age group, based on the latest population estimates.

Some 32,000 over-80s in Northern Ireland have received an extra dose, or around 39%.

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