People over the age of 40 in England are now being invited to register their first Covid vaccine, the NHS has announced.
From today (Friday, 30th April), NHS England will send text messages informing children between the ages of 40 and 41 to reserve an appointment.
The announcement comes just days after the vaccine was given to 42- to 44-year-olds, with about three million of them vaccinated on Monday and Tuesday.
NHS England chief executive Sir Steven Stevens said: “With every 14 people between the ages of 45 and over being ridiculed, about three-thirds were placed in just two days when our reservation service was open to people aged 42 to 44.
“As the second level increases, we are now ready to call all those 40 years of age or older to take part in the most important defense in the medical history.”
NHS England said a 42- to 44-year-old text message was sent this week which means another 2.5 million people have been invited to the jab.
It comes as recent NHS England figures revealed that more than 28.5 million people in England received their first jab by April 28, about two-thirds of the elderly.
The data, which was published Thursday, also showed that nearly 12 million people had received their second-line vaccine, making them the Covid-19 vaccine.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who received his first coronavirus vaccine at the Science Museum in London on Thursday, said: .
“In addition to these advances, we are now launching vaccines for 40- and 41-year-olds.
“I had my problem yesterday and I urge anyone of this age to keep the jab fast to protect themselves and your loved ones from this deadly disease.”
NHS England says that when invited, people will be able to reserve vaccines or drugstore facilities through a national reservation program.
Text messages as a warning from “NHSvaccine” and also include a link to the NHS page to save the meeting time.
People who can’t access the internet can call the service at 119 instead to read their jab.