Boris Johnson’s target of offering all UK adults a Covid-19 vaccine has been met before Freedom Day.
He has now promised to “finish the job” by getting all over 18s to book jabs as the country approaches tomorrow when curbs will be dropped.
The roll-out ensured his target of two thirds of adults receiving both doses has also been met, reports The Sun.
Figures show 81,959,398 jabs have been administered with 46,277,101 people having received a first vaccine and 35,732,297 having a second.
Mr Johnson reportedly said: “”You are the reason we are able to cautiously ease restrictions next week, and return closer towards normal life.
“Now let’s finish the job. If you’re over 18, book both your jabs today.”
It means every adult will have had the opportunity to have both doses by mid-September – eight weeks after the first dose.
Public Health England says Pfizer is 96% effective against the Delta strain and AstraZeneca stands at 92% after two doses.
Cambridge University studies show that the vaccines have likely saved 37,000 lives and stopped 11.8 million infections.
Double vaccinated people will not be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-191 case, from August 16.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid is now self-isolating and urged others to come forward for their vaccination.
He told The Sun: “Please come forward for your vaccines if you haven’t already – it’s the best way to protect you, your family and your community from COVID-19 and to help us all return closer towards normal life.”