NHS England: Over-45s now able to book vaccine appointments

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NHS England: Over-45s now able to book vaccine appointments
NHS England: Over-45s now able to book vaccine appointments

People aged 45 or over in England can now get a Covid jab, as the vaccination programme enters the next phase.

Appointments can be booked on the NHS England website, which temporarily crashed on Tuesday morning when it opened up to the new age group.

It comes after all over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK were offered a first dose of the vaccine.

The government has said it is on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Ministers have met their target of offering a first dose to the top nine priority groups by 15 April.

Its has now moved onto “phase 2” of the vaccination programme – which involves offering vaccines to healthy adults under the age of 50. There are an estimated 3.7 million people in England aged 45 to 49.

In Northern Ireland, people aged 40-45 are now eligible to get a Covid vaccine, while in some areas in Wales 40-49 year-olds are being invited.

More than 32 million people in the UK have had their first vaccine dose.

On Saturday a record 475,230 second doses were given out, with more than 7.6 million people now fully vaccinated.

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