Over a third of the entire adult population has now had a Covid vaccine

People aged 56 to 59 in England are being invited to book their coronavirus vaccine from this week.

Letters for people in the age group, offering them the vaccine, started being delivered to homes on Saturday.

It comes after eight in 10 people aged 65 to 69 have taken up the offer of a jab, NHS England said.

But the Office for National Statistics (ONS ) has warned the UK is “not out of the woods yet”.

More than 18 million people in England have already had one dose of the vaccine, over a third of the entire adult population.

Deaths from coronavirus have fallen by 41% in a week, while hospital admissions have seen their “fastest-ever fall”, the health secretary said on Friday.

Mr Hancock said the average number of cases was 6,685 per day, the lowest since late September.

The Dalai Lama has received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

After being given a jab at the Zonal Hospital in north India, the 85-year-old spiritual leader urged others to be brave and get vaccinated.

“In order to prevent some serious problems, this injection is very, very helpful,” he said.

Since 8 December about 18 million people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine in England.

This covers about 38% of the population over the age of 16, according to NHS England figures.

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