All over-25s can get Covid vaccines from TOMORROW, Matt Hancock announces as NHS has just one in four adults left to reach for a jab
- Health Secretary said in Parliament than 25 to 29-year-olds will get jabs Tuesday
- NHS rollout is now working through the lowest-risk age groups with vaccines
- It has already given jabs to 76 per cent of adults in the UK, with only a quarter left
All over-25s in England will be able to get a Covid vaccine from tomorrow morning, Matt Hancock confirmed today.
The Health Secretary announced the change in Parliament as scientists have warned jabs must be given to as many people as possible to stop the new variant.
Until now only over-30s had been able to book appointments, save for surge clinics in some areas where they had been temporarily opened to younger groups.
People in their 20s are the adults at lowest risk from Covid but the NHS has now given a first dose to 76 per cent of people already so only around one in four are left.
The chief of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, said England is now entering the ‘home straight’ of the vaccine programme and added ‘getting the jab is the most important thing you can do’.
Public Health England warned last week that a single dose of vaccine does not appear to work as well against the now-dominant ‘Delta’ variant as it did against the Kent strain, meaning getting the booster jab is crucial.
Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford said the NHS there will have offered vaccines to all adults over 18 by Monday, putting it six weeks ahead of the end-of-July schedule.
The Health Secretary announced the change in Parliament today as scientists warned jabs must be given to as many people as possible to stop the new variant
Mr Hancock said in a statement: ‘The vaccine is saving lives and preventing hospitalisations.
‘Two weeks after we extended the invite to all over 30s, we are now extending the offer to everyone aged 25 and over.
‘We have one of the highest uptake rates in the world with over half of the UK population having the fullest possible protection from two doses, and over three quarters receiving at least one dose.
‘The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic so when you get the call, get the jab.’