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England invites all adults to get their Covid-19 vaccines

England invites all adults to get their Covid-19 vaccines”

Officials believe that two-dose inoculations are effective against the Delta variant.

Earlier, The World Health Organisation (WHO) termed the Delta variant as a "variant of concern" (VOC) and said it is more powerful than the Alpha variant that has lineage B.1.1.7.

Over one in five sequenced cases in Northern Ireland are Delta variant cases, compared with just one in 20 in the Republic.

This, it notes, is consistent with Public Health England (PHE) data reporting that the variant accounts for 90 per cent of infections.

The case fatality rate remains low for Delta. The increase is primarily in younger age groups, a large proportion of which were unvaccinated but are now being invited to receive the vaccine.

"So we're pressing ahead to try to make sure we have those remaining staff members offered the vaccine, taking up the vaccine, but if you can do it voluntarily then I think that is a much stronger basis from which to go on persuading people to do the right thing. Don't drop your guard - practise "hands, face, space, fresh air" at all times".

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That means a total of 124,481 people have had a confirmed diagnosis since the pandemic began.

PHE said there is now no evidence that the Delta VOC, or any other VOCs, are more likely to cause reinfection than others, but that it continues to closely monitor this and other reinfection data.

The research revealed the Delta variant had driven a 50 per cent rise in infections in England since May and has been doubling every 11 days.

The Delta variant is being watched carefully in Alberta, given it is now the dominant strain in the United Kingdom and, with its rapid transmission, is threatening plans there to reopen the economy and lift health restrictions.

Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said it was "encouraging" that hospital admissions and deaths are not rising at the same rate as cases, but experts will "continue to monitor it closely".



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