According to the NHS in England, people who are aged 30 and over can book their COVID- 19 jab starting from Wednesday. Almost one million people who are aged 30 and 31 will get a text message in the next few days to get their COVID- 19 vaccine.
After the Indian variant has been reported in the UK, health officials are trying to offer second jabs to the people who are at the highest risk in order to prevent the spread of the variant. At the same time, they are extending the vaccination programme to younger age groups.
Matt Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme is moving at such a phenomenal pace and I am delighted that less than six months after Margaret Keenan received the first authorised jab in the world, we are now able to open the offer to everyone in their 30s and over.”
“The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and recent data has shown the life-saving protection (that) a second dose of the jab can give, especially against the new variant.”
“I urge everyone to come forward when you get the offer and play a part in getting us back to normality.”
GP and national medical director for primary care for the NHS in England, Dr. Nikki Kanani, said: “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against Covid-19 with the jabs saving thousands of lives already.”
Previously, vaccination experts advised that people who are under the age of 40 should receive an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab because of rare cases of blood clots. For that reason, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines mostly will be offered to people who are under the age of 40.