Over 12.2 million people have received a vaccine so far across the United Kingdom with more than 12.8 million vaccines being administered across the UK in total. This includes 9 in 10 of those aged 75 and over in England with their first dose – with almost 1,000 a minute this Saturday, and we are accelerating the rollout by offering a vaccine to everyone over 50 by May.
People in the top four priority groups: If you are over 70 years old, or if you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), please contact the NHS to book in your jab.
We are on track to meet our goal of offering everyone in the top four priority groups a jab. Until now, we have asked over-70s to wait to be contacted by the NHS. We are now urging everyone aged 70 and over, AND/OR clinically extremely vulnerable who hasn’t yet had a vaccination to come forward and book. The easiest way is to do this is through the National Booking Service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or if you can’t get online then you can call 119 or you can speak to your local GP practice.
Vaccines are our way out of this pandemic and, by ensuring you and your loved ones get booked in for a jab, the NHS can give those most at-risk the protection they need as we continue to fight this disease together. One in four British adults have now received a coronavirus vaccine, with first doses having been given to:
- 93 per cent of individuals in care homes
- 91 per cent of people over 80
- 95 per cent of 70-75 year olds
- 75 per cent 70-74 year olds
We are looking at booster jabs aimed specifically at the new the variants, which will continue to build the UK’s capacity. Professor Van-Tam has said that whilst the South-African variant of COVID-19 is present in the UK, it is not dominant. Therefore, it is vital that people don’t delay or wait for a modified vaccine. You can be re-vaccinated in the future.
Another vaccination centre opens in Essex in latest NHS vaccination drive; the Mill Arts & Events Centre will open its doors on Friday and is the eighth to open its doors to deliver the life-saving vaccines in the county and one of more than 100 open nationally. More large vaccination centres will be going live across Essex in the coming weeks.
People in the top four priority groups including people aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable can book to be vaccinated at the centre, alternatively they can choose a community pharmacy or wait to be contacted by their local GP-led vaccination service or hospital hub.