England manager Gareth Southgate has urged young people to regain their freedom by supporting the coronavirus vaccination program.
In the UK, more than 46 million people have now received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and over 36 million have had both doses.
Southgate, 50, whose England side lost the Euro 2020 final this month in a penalty shoot-out to Italy at Wembley, said in a video message: “First I wanted to thank you for the support you have given the team this summer, but also to say we know the past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everyone.
And there is no doubt that the vaccination program is our best way out of this problem, not just for us as a country, but for the whole world.
“So I just wanted to say how important it is, if you haven’t had your vaccine yet, to get it done.
“I know old people like me have had both shots so we can get on with our lives, but especially for you young people, it’s the chance that everything opens up, to get your freedom back. So much of that will depend on you getting the vaccine.
“So don’t put it off any longer, go do it, we can open everything, we can protect the people we need to protect and you will get your freedom back.”
England manager Gareth Southgate has urged young people to regain their freedom by supporting the coronavirus vaccination programme
Southgate shared the heartfelt plea just weeks after his England side lost the Euro 2020 final this month in a penalty shoot-out to Italy at Wembley
It comes as official analysis has shown that the number of Covid hospital admissions among the elderly in England is three times lower than if there had been no vaccines.
About 200 people over 65 were hospitalized with the virus on July 10, the last date for which data is available, compared with the 750 who would have been expected without the vaccination campaign.
In total, PHE estimates that more than 50,000 admissions have been prevented and nearly 40,000 deaths in England.
It’s likely that the shots even outperformed suggested by the analysis, which doesn’t break down how many hospitalized patients were unvaccinated.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the country’s chief scientific adviser, said last week that about 60 percent of people hospitalized have not had any shots. A smaller proportion received only one dose.
The AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, which most elderly Britons have received, have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by more than 90 percent, even with the Delta variant.
Among those who still get Covid and are hospitalized, their illness is often milder than in previous waves and they are discharged more quickly thanks to the shots.
PHE said its analysis did not take into account the millions of infections the vaccines have prevented, which will also indirectly have reduced hospitalizations.
Many young people still haven’t had their first dose of the vaccine, despite nationwide jab drives. Pictured: A woman gets a vaccine at Chelsea FC on June 19 19
Britain’s daily number of infections has fallen for the first time in two months, with the Department of Health registering 39,906 positive tests – a 17.8 percent drop from Thursday’s figure.
The development is seen as the first glimmer of hope for a return to normalcy since the third wave kicked off.
But Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline that while the drop was ‘positive’, the effects of Friday July 19 will not show up in the data.
He warned that it was possible that infections could grow again “exponentially” in the coming weeks.
“I would caution that this could be just a temporary slowdown in reports before we start seeing a return to exponential growth by the end of next week due to the end of restrictions last week,” he said.
Prof Hunter said we won’t know for sure until August 9 – three weeks after the so-called “Freedom Day.”
But like deaths, they are kept five times lower than the January peak thanks to the vaccine’s rollout, with nearly 230,000 more doses administered today.
Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, warned that infections could grow “exponentially” again in the coming weeks.
In all, when kids sent home to be isolated from school were factored in, up to 1.8 million people were told to go into quarantine last week — or 3 percent of the entire population.
Data shows that 618,903 alerts were sent in England and Wales in the week ending July 14, a 17 percent increase from the previous seven days and another record. The red line shows the cumulative number of tracking alerts sent during the pandemic, while the blue bars represent the number per week
It comes as hundreds of thousands more people were plunged into pingdemic chaos after the NHS Covid app told them to self-isolate.
Data shows that 618,903 alerts were sent in the week ending July 14, a 17 percent increase from the previous seven days and another record.
The government on Thursday published a list of exemptions for key figures in energy, waste, water and food supply and production.