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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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Chance of catching Covid after two doses is just 1 in 22,500, study shows

Coronavirus Crisis

By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent

HAVING two vaccinations slashes the chances of getting Covid to just one in 22,500, it was revealed yesterday. Those who are fully vaccinated are three times less likely than those who have had only had one dose of the jab, according to a study. The risk of catching Covid rises to one in 2,908 in those who are unvaccinated. The study, based on data gathered from more than a million users of the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app, is yet more evidence that vaccines have broken the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Officials estimate some 14,000 lives have already been saved and 42,000 hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine programme – which has seen nearly 70million doses dished out. Almost 55 per cent of adults are now fully vaccinated – with some 28,857,102 now protected by two doses. The symptom tracking app found one in 543 people in the UK currently have symptomatic Covid, with cases higher and increasing faster in the younger unvaccinated population. It put the R-rate – the rate at which it spreads – at 1.3 nationally, but stressed much of the transmission was in the young. Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King’s College, runs the ZOE Covid study. His app showed the number of Britons falling ill with Covid has more than doubled in a week with an estimated 11,908 across the UK catching the virus each day. But because rising case numbers were mainly among the young, far fewer people were becoming seriously ill. He said: ‘It’s clear that this is an epidemic among the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated.’

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