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25-29 year olds to be offered vaccine from Tuesday

25-29 year olds to be offered vaccine from Tuesday

People across England aged 25-29 will be invited to book their coronavirus vaccination appointments from Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Mr Hancock said:

"From tomorrow morning, we will open up vaccination to people aged 25 to 29.

"Over the remainder of this week, the NHS will send texts to people in these age groups and GPs will be inviting people on their lists to come forward."

Some people aged under 25 may also already be eligible to receive the vaccine or live an area where the vaccine rollout has been moving at a faster pace than nationally.

The expansion of England's coronavirus vaccination rollout will bring the government closer to its target of offering a vaccine to all adults by the end of next month.

Meanwhile in Wales, all over-18s are set to be offered a coronavirus vaccine by the start of next week, with the country expecting to achieve 75% vaccine take-up across all priority groups a month ahead of schedule.

To date, more than 40.4 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while nearly 28 million people have had two doses.

Cases of coronavirus have been rising in the UK recently and concerns have been raised about the Delta variant of the virus which was first identified in India.

Research has so far suggested that while the Delta variant is more transmissible than older variants, it can still be tackled to a significant extent through existing vaccines.

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