When will over 45s get the Covid vaccine?
BRITS aged over 45 have been invited to book their Covid vaccine.
The NHS booking website now tells people they can make an appointment if they are aged 45 or over.
Slots were available for as early as tomorrow through the online system.
The rush caused the website has already crashed for many eager to get their shot of either the Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca or Moderna jab.
The Moderna vaccine – the third approved in the UK – started being given in England today.
It marks the next phase of the UK's vaccination programme to give the first dose to healthy adults aged under 50.
The move comes as it was announced that the Government has met its target of offering the vaccine to all adults in the top nine priority groups ahead of time.
Everyone over the age of 50, people with underlying health conditions of any age, and NHS workers have all been offered a first dose ahead of April 15.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said 19 out of 20 over 50s in England had now received a first jab.
Almost 40 million vaccine doses have been given across the UK, with 32,190,576 first doses and 7,656,205 second doses administered.
It comes despite an earlier warning by the NHS in England of a “significant reduction in weekly supply” during April.
Supplies of first doses will be “significantly constrained” this month, it was revealed in March.
The NHS said it would instead focus on giving shots to people who needed their second dose.
The first-dose rollout dropped drastically from the start of April, while second doses have been given at greater speed.
Ministers say the UK is still on track to meet the target of giving everyone a first dose by the end of July.
Who is next in line to get the Covid vaccine?
Once people over the age of 45 have been given a first dose, the programme will move into those aged between 40 and 45.
The Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) decided that after the top nine priority groups, the programme should move through the general population going down the age groups.
You can use this calculator for an estimation of when you will be invited for your jab.
Once the programme reaches those under the age of 30, people will be offered jabs from only Pfizer or Moderna.
Regulators say the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should not be offered to adults aged 18 to 29 due to the possible risk of blood clots.
When will everyone be vaccinated?
The government aims to offer a first dose to every adult by the end of July.
Ministers say this should be met despite shortages through April, and the under 30s no longer being given the AZ jab.
It is hoped everyone will have been given both doses of their vaccine by the autumn.
But at this point, a third booster shot may be needed for those who were first invited.
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