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Health & Fitness Can over-25s get the vaccine? Who’s eligible for the Covid jab now – and how to book it with the NHS

13:15  08 june  2021
13:15  08 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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a man standing in a room: Those aged 25 and above are now eligible to book their vaccine (Photo: Diego Puletto/Getty Images) © Provided by The i Those aged 25 and above are now eligible to book their vaccine (Photo: Diego Puletto/Getty Images)

Matt Hancock has confirmed that 25-29-year-olds in England can book their vaccination slot from Tuesday.

“Every day brings with it another exciting milestone in our vaccination programme – the largest and most successful in NHS history. The vaccine is saving lives and preventing hospitalisations,” he said.

“Two weeks after we extended the invite to all over 30s, we are now extending the offer to everyone aged 25 and over.”

The Health Secretary also confirmed he had sought guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on whether jabs should be offered to children, following the decision to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15-years-old.

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How can those aged 25 and above arrange their vaccine appointment?

A student is given a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in London on 5 June 2021 (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) © Provided by The i A student is given a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in London on 5 June 2021 (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

In England, the NHS will be sending texts and making calls to those eligible for a vaccine in this age category, with national booking services updated at 7am.

Those in this age bracket will then be able to either book an appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, call 119, or can wait to be contacted by their GP to book their appointment with them.

However, some people aged 25 to 29 have reported being unable to book their coronavirus vaccine on the NHS website this morning despite being invited to secure an appointment for their jab from today.

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Scores of young people reported problems this morning and shared screenshots of an error message on the site that read “you are not currently eligible to book through this service”, although it is expected this issue will be resolved soon.

In Scotland, people aged 30 and above are currently eligible for a vaccine.

Wales is six weeks ahead of schedule and is currently vaccinating those aged 18 and above, while Northern Ireland is also jabbing those in this age bracket.

Which vaccine can those under 30 expect to receive?

A health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination centre (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) © Provided by The i A health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination centre (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Due to the link between extremely rare cases of blood clots and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, experts have previously recommended that those aged 40 years and under should be administered an alternative dose of the vaccine.

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This means that most of those aged 30 years and under are likely to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

What is the current status of the UK’s vaccination programme?

To date, over 40 million people in the UK have had a first dose of the vaccine – 75 per cent of the adult population – and nearly 28 million have had a second.

Mr Hancock said that despite a rising number of cases, Covid hospitalisations are “broadly flat”, stating that the vaccination programme had “severed but not broken” the link between severe illness and infection.

Urging those who have only received one dose of the vaccine to get their second follow-up jab, he added: “The majority of people going into hospital right now are unvaccinated.”

The Government has pledged to offer a first dose of a vaccine to all adults by the end of July, and two doses to everyone aged 50 years and above by 21 June

What else has Mr Hancock said about the vaccine rollout?

a man wearing a suit and tie: “When you get the call, get the jab”, urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS) © Provided by The i “When you get the call, get the jab”, urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS)

“We have one of the highest uptake rates in the world with over half of the UK population having the fullest possible protection from two doses, and over three quarters receiving at least one dose,” he said.

“The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic so when you get the call, get the jab.”

NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, described the latest expansion of the vaccination programme as a “watershed moment”

He said: “The NHS vaccination programme is a real team effort and it is a testament to NHS teams across the country, that we are able to open up to people in their twenties just six months on from delivering that world first jab to Maggie Keenan.

“Getting the lifesaving COVID-19 jab is the most important thing you can do, with NHS staff vaccinating at over 1,600 sites including vaccine buses, places of worship, sport stadiums and other convenient locations. So, when you get that text, book your appointment and join the millions who are already protected.”

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