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Eight in 10 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have Covid antibodiesLeke Oso Alabi
Approximately eight in 10 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have Covid-19 antibodies, suggesting that they have either been infected or vaccinated, according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics.
“Antibody levels across the UK have continued to go up, with over three-quarters of the adult population now having some level of antibody protection against Covid-19,” said Kara Steel, senior statistician for the Covid-19 infection survey.
“This shows the clear impact of the vaccination programme, including second doses which have increased the numbers testing positive for antibodies,” she added.
In Scotland, approximately seven in 10 adults would test positive for Covid-19 antibodies.
The figures date from the week beginning May 17.
According to the ONS, between 70.9 per cent and 81.5 per cent of adults across the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and between 38 per cent and 52.6 per cent were fully vaccinated in that week.