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Health & Fitness When will over-30s be vaccinated? Next steps of NHS Covid vaccine schedule – and if you can get it now

13:40  12 may  2021
13:40  12 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Heath Secretary Matt Hancock has said over-35s will be invited to receive their first dose of the Covid vaccine “pretty soon”.

a woman looking at the camera: A woman receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Reading (Photo: PA) © Provided by The i A woman receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Reading (Photo: PA)

The vaccine is currently being offered to everyone over 40.

But people aged between 35 and 39 could receive the call-up for their first jab within the next fortnight, as revealed by i last week.

“We’ve seen people behaving brilliantly during the pandemic, and that’s one of the reasons that we’re in the position that we are, alongside of course the vaccine rollout,” Mr Hancock said.

When will over-30s get the vaccine?

The Government has pledged that all adults will have been offered the first dose of the vaccine by the end of July.

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If the roll-out continues at its current pace, people aged 30-34 could be offered their first jab within the next month.

People under 40 are being advised to have an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, due to concerns over rare blood clots.

The UK’s medicines safety regulator has recorded 242 clotting cases and 49 deaths from 28.5 million doses of the vaccine, though the risk is slightly higher among younger people.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said: “As Covid-19 rates continue to come under control, we are advising that adults aged 18- 39 years with no underlying health conditions are offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, if available, and if it does not cause delays in having the vaccine.”

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How do I book my appointment?

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you should be notified by text or by letter.

You can then book your appointment through the NHS website.

You just need to enter some personal details, including your NHS number, which you can find here.

How many people have had the vaccine?

More than 35.5 million people have now received the first dose of the vaccine in the UK – 67.6 per cent of the adult population.

More than 18 million have received both doses, meaning more than a third of the country is now fully vaccinated.

On Monday 10 May 115,053 people received their first jab, and 231,835 received their second, making a daily total of 346,888.

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