“Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80%”


A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows.

The Public Health England data – based on people over 80 – follows similarly ‘spectacular’ results in Scotland.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the findings were “very strong”.

More than 20 million people have received their first dose of Covid vaccine in the UK.

That’s more than a third of the adult population.

Mr Hancock said the vaccine results “may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks”.