Covid latest: Vaccine hesitancy softens as Delta variant expected to delay Freedom Day

Coronavirus cases: UK confirm 5,341 new positive tests

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The change of heart has been attributed to the “concrete benefits of being vaccinated”. Dr Siobhan McAndrew – a senior lecturer in quantitative social science at Bristol – explained that people have changed their attitudes in favour of seeing loved ones and being able to travel. Dr McAndrew added: “Part of the rise in vaccine confidence relates to social proof: people feel more confident because they observe others taking their vaccine with confidence.” Eighty-four percent of people who were “not at all likely” to have the vaccine around Christmas time have now changed their minds.

“Their confidence has been strengthened by the evidence that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Dr McAndrew said.

“Over the course of the vaccine roll-out, they have increasingly been persuaded that taking it was the right thing to do. For some, actually being invited helped them make up their mind.”

In the latest Government reports, the number of people testing positive for the virus, the number of patients admitted to hospital, and the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test have increased.

Reports are circulating that the latest data will lead to a delay in Freedom Day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has always said it is “data over dates” when it comes to the elusive Freedom Day.

What was planned to occur on June 21 may be pushed back for another four weeks.

In the past seven days, the number of people testing positive for Covid has risen by 58.1 percent.

This is thought to be because of the more transmissible Delta variant (previously referred to as the Indian variant).

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Furthermore, the number of patients admitted to hospital has increased by 14.4 percent in the past week.

The number of deaths have been creeping up too, by up to 10 percent in the past seven days.

There have been nearly 42 million people who have had their first Covid jab.

However, to gain full protection, two doses of the Covid jab are needed.

As it stands, nearly 30 million people have now had their second vaccine.

It will take around 14 days following the second vaccine to gain stronger immunity agains the virus.

Meanwhile, people should still be cautious about coming into contact with – and spreading – the disease.

If anybody is showing signs of Covid, they must self isolate and order a free NHS PCR test.

Members of the public are encouraged to order free NHS lateral flow tests.

These can be ordered online and you don’t need to have symptoms to order your kit.

The swab test can tell you if you test positive for Covid within half hour of taking the test.

If the results are positive you are then required to confirm this by taking a more accurate PCR test.

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