Analysis of the COVID-19 vaccination programme by Public Health England (PHE) has indicated that 11,700 deaths have been prevented in those aged 60 and older in England (up to the end of April).
The data compares the number of deaths with the number of deaths that would haven expected if the vaccine hadn’t been given during the same time period.
Analysis also suggests that at least 33,000 hospitalisations were also prevented in those aged 65 and older in England.
You can view the full analysis here.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health at Knowsley Council, said: “This latest report by Public Health England shows how important it is that people get vaccinated when it is their turn.
“Not only is the vaccine proving efficient in saving lives, it is also protecting the NHS by reducing the number of hospital admissions.
“Vaccination is the best for us to win our battle with COVID-19 and ensure that we move back to normality as quickly as possible.
“The programme has been very successful in Knowsley so far and this is contributing to our low infection rate.
“I would urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: “The vaccine has already saved so many lives and we can now see the huge impact it has had on preventing people becoming seriously ill and therefore also protecting our hospitals.
As these figures highlight, getting your vaccine could save your life or stop you becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. It will also significantly reduce your chances of getting infected and infecting others. It is vital to get both doses of your vaccine when you are offered it.”
Knowsley resident aged 38 and over, or those aged 18+ with an underlying health condition, can book their COVID-19 vaccine via the national booking portal – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119.