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THAT is how it's done! 78% of Britons 'proud' of vaccine success as EU falters – POLL


A survey by from independent data collector Norstat found 78 percent are proud Britain’s mass vaccination programme, rising to nine in ten for the over-65s who are most likely to have received at least one dose already. Some 38 percent said the roll-out has improved their perceptions of the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic while half said their view remained unchanged. Britain’s over-65s are much more likely to feel more positively towards the Government, with 46 percent saying it had improved but only 28 percent of those aged 18 to 24 would agree.

More than half (58 percent) admitted they were concerned new variants of COVID-19 could threaten the effectiveness of existing vaccines.

Norstat managing director Rob Agnew said: “The vaccine rollout has been viewed as a huge success by overwhelming majority of people in the UK, which is leading to a shift in public perception of the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

“However, there continues to be great concern over new variants that threaten to slow the great progress that is being made.”

Despite falling infection rates, around 61 percent of people said they were happy with the current timelines for releasing lockdown restrictions.

Only 14 percent think restrictions should be lifted sooner and 25 percent think the Government should wait even longer before easing lockdown.

Office workers are divided on returning to the workplace with a quarter not looking forward to returning to the office, while only 29 percent said they were eager to get back behind their desks.

Most office workers would like more balance once they return, with people wanting to spend on average 50 percent of their time at home and 50 percent in the office.

Only 30 percent of workers wants to spend 75 percent or more of their time in the office post lockdown.

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Norstat head of client solutions Becky Hillcoat said: “The British public clearly want changes to the way we work, with the majority believing a hybrid approach is the best way forward.

“Businesses will need to answer this call now that offices and other workplaces are beginning to reopen.

“It is also clear that as a nation we want this to be the final lockdown, with broad agreement on the Government timetable for easing lockdown measures.”

One in five UK adults are now fully vaccinated with more than two-and-a-half million second doses delivered in the past seven days, latest figures show.

A total of 10.8 million people have now received both jabs – the equivalent of 20.5 percent of the adult population.

Wales is estimated to have given two doses to just under a quarter of adults (24.7 percent), ahead of Northern Ireland (20.5 percent), England (20.3 percent) and Scotland (19.1 percent).

The figures are for vaccinations reported by the UK’s health agencies up to and including April 20, and reflect the pace at which second doses have been ramped up across the country during the past month.

Some 2.6 million second doses were recorded in the seven days to April 20, with 6.3 million since April 1.

This compares with 3.7 million second doses in March and just 322,000 in February.

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccines must follow within 12 weeks of the first, meaning the millions of people who received their initial jab in January and early February have recently had a follow-up dose, or are due to get the jab shortly.

People aged 80 and over were among the first groups on the priority list for vaccines, with initial doses offered from early December.

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Figures published last week by NHS England suggested around three-quarters of people in England in this age group have now had both doses of vaccine.

In Wales, 78 percent of people aged 80 and over are estimated to have had both jabs, along with 80 percent in Scotland and 42 percent in Northern Ireland.

Wales leads the field in both first and second doses of vaccine, with more than two-thirds of its adult population having received the first jab (67.9 percent), followed by England (62.8 percent), Scotland (62.1 percent) and Northern Ireland (60.3 percent).


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