NHS England have announced everyone over the age of 56 will now be invited to get their vaccination.
Vaccine jabs to be given to over-56’s with July completion date: Letters for everyone between 56 and 59 were sent out on Saturday. More than a third of the population in England have now received a vaccination. This figure amounts to more than 18 million people. Throughout the UK over one million have had both doses and 21 million have had their first.
NHS England national medical director for primary care, Dr Nikki Kanani, said “It is testament to our incredible staff that we can now move on to the next age group. The vaccines are both safe and effective, so if anybody who is eligible hasn’t been vaccinated yet, I’d urge them to go online or call 119 and get themselves booked in.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more than 9 in 10 of people over 65 and those clinical vulnerable have received the first vaccination. He went on to say “It’s an extraordinary feat and we remain on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by July 31. We are now inviting people aged 56 to 59 to get their jabs.”
NHS England said “Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, with the distribution of centres meaning 98 per cent of the country lives within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service. People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot.”
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