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Saturday, 25 May 2024 – 00:55

People aged 21 and 22 invited to book COVID vaccinations

People in England aged 21 and 22 can book their coronavirus vaccinations on the NHS website from today.

An update to the NHS website on Wednesday morning means that anyone who will be aged 21 or over before 1 July 2021 is now being invited to book their vaccination appointments.

Some people in this age group may have already been vaccinated, as a result of them being in a higher priority group or vaccinations taking place faster than the national average in their local area.

Speaking on Tuesday, chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens said that he expected that “by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults age 18 and above.”

In some parts of the UK, including Wales and Northern Ireland, all over-18s are already eligible to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that coronavirus vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff in England. The move is somewhat controversial and it is believed it could lead to human rights-related legal action being taken against the Government.

So far, approximately 79.4% of the UK’s adult population have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine – that’s over 41.8 million people.

Currently, the coronavirus vaccines being used in the UK are being given in two doses – around 57.4% of UK adults have received two doses.

Those looking to book their vaccination through the National Booking Service can do so on the NHS website.

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