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The UK has one of the fastest Covid vaccination programmes in the world, with 72.9 percent of the adult population vaccinated with one dose to date. Across the UK nations, another 44.8 percent of the adult population has also received their second vaccine dose too. The vaccine is being offered to people based on the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), but some UK nations are ahead of others in their rollout.
On Thursday, it was announced everyone over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland is now eligible to book their Covid vaccine appointments.
Northern Ireland is ahead of all other UK nations in its rollout along with Wales, which is also offering vaccines to everyone over the age of 18.
Scotland and England are currently offering vaccines to everyone over the age of 30.
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I am delighted that our vaccination programme is now open to all adults in Northern Ireland.
“I know this will be very welcome news for young people who have been waiting patiently for their turn to get the jab.
“Today’s announcement is another important milestone in the drive to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we can, so that we can see a return to normality.”
In Northern Ireland, 70.9 percent of the adult population, more than one million people, has now received one vaccine dose to date.
In Scotland, 71.2 percent of the adult population has received their first vaccine dose.
England has vaccinated 72.5 percent of the population with one vaccine dose, but Wales leads among all four nations, with 83.7 percent of the adult population now vaccinated with at least one dose.
When will all adults get their Covid vaccine in England?
Everyone over the age of 30 is eligible for vaccination in England now, with ministers stating in recent weeks that the Government is on track to hits its vaccination targets.
The Government set a target earlier this year to offer all people aged 18 and over their first Covid vaccine by the end of July 2021.
On Tuesday night the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “Our vaccination programme is moving at such a phenomenal pace and I am delighted that less than six months after Margaret Keenan received the first authorised jab in the world, we are now able to open the offer to everyone in their thirties and over.”
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After people over the age of 30, those aged 18 to 29 are next to be offered a Covid vaccine in England.
A date has not been set for when the next cohort will be offered their Covid vaccines yet.
But from next week, the rollout is expected to begin for people in their late 20’s, according to The Telegraph.
Some five million people are left to be vaccinated in the 18-29 cohort.
And some reports have indicated all adults could be offered a first dose in England before the end of July target.
What vaccine will people receive?
Anyone under the age of 40 without other health conditions is advised to receive a different vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
This is due to a small number of cases of extremely rare blood clots in some recipients of the AstraZeneca jab.
Anyone in the under-40 cohort without other health conditions should be offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
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