Chair, I wanted to say something to you before moving on to my remarks today. Thanks to Sir, and everyone who works in Congress across your team for everything you have done to keep us all safe over the last few months, before this house rises in the summer.
The fact that we have continued to carry out and safely carry out democracy during this time of the crisis is an incredible achievement and we are all very grateful to you and your team. I am. Speaker, with permission, I would like to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week we have taken a decisive step. Follow step 4 of the roadmap to carefully relax the restrictions that apply to your daily life. But while we are moving forward, we must move forward carefully. This pandemic isn’t over yet.
The average daily number of cases in the UK is around 41,000 and hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, but at a much lower level than if there were this number of cases during the previous wave. So, even when you’re performing Step 4, we encourage everyone to think about what they can do to make a difference and start a new campaign today to continue the small steps they’ve taken so far. I will. Make sure your room is well ventilated and undergo quick and regular tests, just like wearing a face cover in a crowded public area.
We also support businesses and organizations to help manage the risk of infection within the venue, including through the use of NHS COVID passes in the country. I know this is very interesting for honorary members, and I wanted to take this opportunity today to provide Mr. Speaker with an opportunity to repeat this policy and the House of Representatives to speak.
Speaker, this week we released the NHSCOVID pass after a successful trial. This allows people to safely and reliably present their COVID status, whether it is vaccination status, test results, or evidence of innate immunity. Anyone can access the path through the NHS app on the NHS website or by calling 119 and requesting a letter indicating the status of the vaccine. People will also be able to show evidence of negative test results.
Other companies and organizations in the UK, such as supermarkets, pass the pass to the venue or facility in a suitable location for clients and secure customers. But for venue and event owners, who are likely to get together and mix with people outside the home for long periods of time, deploying a pass is the right thing to do.
Paths play an important role in slowing the spread of the virus and reserve the right to require its use in the future.
Next, Mr. Speaker, I would like to update the house about vaccination as a condition of entry.
We all know the benefits that both doses of the vaccine can bring. Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine provide approximately 96% protective protection against hospitalization, according to data from the UK Public Health Service. And today, Mr. Speaker has new data from PHE, which estimates that a vaccination program in the UK alone prevented 52,600 hospitalizations. This is an increase of 6,300 from two weeks ago.
As a good example, you will agree with the protective barrier that our vaccination program has given us, the barrier that is getting stronger every day. It is this protection that has allowed us to carefully relax the restrictions of the past few months, but we must keep in mind the benefits that both doses of the vaccine can bring.
This strategy, this philosophy, has underpinned our approach over these important next few months.
Due to the ongoing presence of beta variant cases as part of Step 4 measures this week, fully vaccinated adults and all children from countries on the amber list without quarantine except France Allowed to return. Beginning August 16, children under the age of 18 and fully vaccinated people will no longer need to be self-quarantined as contacts because they will get sick and have a reduced risk of getting infected.
And since we renewed the house on Monday, we plan to have a complete vaccination at the end of September as a condition of admission to an environment where there is a high risk of a large number of people gathering and interacting. At this point, everyone over the age of 18 has the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, and therefore everyone has the opportunity to get maximum protection.
Therefore, as a condition of admission to these venues, people need to show that they are fully vaccinated, and proof of a negative test is no longer sufficient.
Speaker, this is not a step we take lightly. But throughout this pandemic, governments around the world, including Singapore, Australia, Germany and France, needed to adapt their approaches to address this deadly viral threat. And this also makes no difference. But, like all measures, we are constantly considering these measures, with the goal of returning to the freedom we love and cherish.
Speaker, we should all be proud of the enthusiasm and understanding we have seen for the vaccination program. Currently, 88% of adults are receiving the first dose and 69% are receiving both. This intake shows that the latest ONS data show that 9 out of 10 adults have COVID-19 antibody. However, there are still many unprotected people, including 34% of those aged 18 to 29 who do not take either dose.
So, before the summer vacation, I would like to encourage everyone to come forward and take both. To protect yourself and protect your loved ones and your community.
Speaker, the fight against this virus is not just a battle where you can declare victory and live your life. Instead, we must learn to live with the virus and do whatever we can to slow its spread while maintaining the important defenses that keep us safe.
And that’s exactly what this government does.
I commend the House of Representatives for this statement.
Minister Zahavi Updates House with Step 4 and NHSCO VID Pass
SourceMinister Zahavi Updates House with Step 4 and NHSCO VID Pass