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More than a third of people in England aged 80 or over have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of January 10, latest official data showed.

The new surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) shows more than 34.6 per cent or 1,036,605 of people aged 80 and over in England have received at least one dose of their vaccine.

Over 80s are more vulnerable to the virus and are in the second priority group after care home residents and staff.

A further 960,699 or 1.7 per cent people under 80s have also had their first Covid-19 vaccine dose.

“PHE will continue to monitor the long-term safety, uptake and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine. Data on under-vaccinated groups, the impact of vaccination on cases, hospitalisations and death, the effectiveness of the vaccine at preventing disease and transmission as well as the duration of protection will be published in future reports,” PHE said.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “To have vaccinated over a third of all over 80s by this point in the programme is a great achievement and I want to pay tribute to all those across the health system who have made this happen.

“Although this sets us on the right path to getting back to normal life, we are not there yet and people must continue to follow the guidance that is in place to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“These data will help us to evaluate the protection from the vaccine and to effectively target the roll-out of the programme to help control the virus and save lives.”

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