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Covid rollout speeds on as people aged 34 can book their jab TODAY

NHS doctor discusses coronavirus waiting list backlog

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Over a million people aged 34 and 35 are expected to receive a text message on Thursday or Friday asking them to come forward, according to NHS England. The latest call comes as health officials continue to speed up the vaccination timeline to ensure high risk people are protected against the Indian variant causing concern.

In a statement on May 20, the NHS suggested those in their thirties will be invited for vaccination “over the next few days and weeks.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme – the fastest and most successful in NHS history – moves forward at pace with 34 and 35 year olds now being invited for the jab.

“This is incredible news and means we remain on track to hit our target of offering a vaccine to all adults by the end of July.

“The vaccine is our way out of the pandemic and the key to getting back to normal.

“I’m delighted that 70 percent of adults across the country have already been vaccinated with their first dose, and 40 percent with their second.”

Mr Hancock added: “We have one of the highest uptake rates in the world but we’ll continue to do everything we can to make sure no one is left behind.

“Please come forward for the jab once you get the offer – it could save your life and protect your loved ones.”

Since Tuesday, over 440,000 bookings have been made for people aged 36 and over, according to the NHS booking system.

To date, over 70 percent of the population have been given their first dose and over 48.5 million doses jabs have been administered.

Those looking to book a jab can do so through the NHS website or call 119 instead.

In line with current guidelines, people under 40 will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab over fears of rare blood clots.

Professor Stephen Powis, National NHS Medical Director, said: “The success of the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination programme, the biggest in history, is not by accident but down to careful planning and precision by NHS staff who have now delivered 48.5 million doses across England in less than six months.

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“Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19, so when you’re called forward, book your appointment and join the tens of millions who have already been jabbed.”

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