How to book up for your Covid jab as 34 and 35-year-olds get call to get their jab
People aged 34 and 35 are being invited to book their Covid-19 jabs as they become the next group to be called up by the vaccine programme.
Appointments can be booked from today, Thursday, May 20, as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues its roll out.
More than one million more people are now eligible for the jab via nhs.uk after the site updated at 7am.
Texts will be sent to 34 and 35-year-olds today and tomorrow, with younger people in their 30s expected to be invited over the next few days and weeks.
More than 1.5 million jab appointments were booked when the NHS opened up bookings to people in their 30s last week.
Texts to 36 and 37-year-olds over the last two days prompted 440,000 bookings on Tuesday.
Under 39s and pregnant women are being offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.
On the advice of the Government and the JCVI, people aged 50-plus and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward to counter the spread of the Indian variant.
National NHS Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said: “The success of the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination programme, the biggest in history, is not by accident but down to careful planning and precision by NHS staff who have now delivered 48.5 million doses across England in less than six months.
“Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid 19, so when you’re called forward, book your appointment and join the tens of millions who have already been jabbed.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme – the fastest and most successful in NHS history – moves forward at pace with 34 and 35-year-olds now being invited for the jab.
"This is incredible news and means we remain on track to hit our target of offering a vaccine to all adults by the end of July.”
By following a link, people can book both jabs and choose from Vaccination Centres or pharmacy-led services and some GP-led sites.
Texts appear from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to reserve an appointment.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead.