More than 600 people died in England from Covid in the first six months of the year despite being fully vaccinated, new figures from the Office of National Statistics show.
There were 51,281 lives lost to the virus between January 2 and July 2 this year, so the 640 fully vaccinated deaths amounted to 1.25%.
The figures include those who were already infected when they received their immunisation.
Those who were unvaccinated account for 37.4% of all deaths in the first six months of 2021, compared to those who have had their second coronavirus vaccine for more than 21 days who account for 0.8% of all deaths.
The figures also show that 23.5% of all deaths from any cause were people who had received their first coronavirus jab within the last 21 days.
The statistics also show that almost 10% of all deaths were of people who had had their first jab more than 21 days ago but had not yet received their second.
It is not known how many of these were already infected with coronavirus at the time they received their injection.
An ONS statement said: “Some deaths are expected in vaccinated individuals as the number of people who are vaccinated is high and no vaccine is 100% effective.”
Two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are estimated to be 96% and 92% effective against hospitalisation with the Delta variant, respectively.
Infection levels in the week ending Friday September 3, 2021 were higher than in the corresponding week of the second wave (week ending December 18, 2020).
Despite higher infection levels, hospital admission rates and number of deaths involving Covid-19 are lower in this third wave, which is believed to be due to the effectiveness of the vaccines.
There were 7.40 hospital admissions of Covid-19 confirmed patients per 100,000 people in the week ending September 5, 2021, compared with 18.78 in the corresponding week of the second wave (week ending December, 20 2020).
The Mirror reported on Saturday evening how the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) is expected to give the go-ahead this week for the most vulnerable to have a third jab.
That will give the Prime Minister the all-clear to get doses in arms in a matter of days after that.