People aged 25 and over can book Covid vaccine from tomorrow

Adults aged 25 to 29 will be invited to get their coronavirus jabs in England from tomorrow.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today that the age limit for the jab would be lowered, so people would be able to book their appointments.

He told the House of Commons this afternoon: ‘We will send texts to people in this age groups, and of course GPs will be inviting people on their lists to come forward.

‘I’m sure that we’ve all been cheered by the images that we’ve seen of so many eligible young people coming forward and lining up to get the jab, showing that the enthusiasm for the jab is not just the preserve of older generations.

‘People of this country know what it takes to keep themselves and the people around them safe.’

He said the latest estimates indicate the vaccination programme has averted over 39,000 hospitalisations and over 13,000 deaths.

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‘So the vaccination brings us hope and I’m sure the whole house will join me in thanking people for their perseverance and patience as they’ve waited for their turn,’ he added.

The latest data shows that a total of 57,510,753 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and June 6, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 317,112 on the previous day.

NHS England said 33,800,107 were the first dose of a Covid vaccine, a rise of 99,621 on the previous day, while 23,710,646 were a second dose, an increase of 217,491.

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