The biggest NHS vaccination programme in history has now delivered life-saving jabs to half of all adults in England aged under 30, it has been announced on Sunday, June 27.
More than 4.2million people aged 18 to 29 have received a jab, three weeks after the programme was opened to those in their twenties.
The new figures come as the NHS opened hundreds of walk-in services across the country, where people can be vaccinated without an appointment booking.
Senior medics are urging those who have not yet had their first dose to ‘Grab A Jab’ this weekend.
The walk-in sites are in addition to the 1,700 NHS vaccine centres, GP and pharmacy-led services already offering jabs.
Walk-in locations include the home of Newcastle Eagles Basketball, Watford’s Vicarage Road, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
More than 63million vaccinations have been delivered by the NHS and more than one million bookings were made between Monday and Wednesday this last week, as demand for the vaccine continues following the expansion to all adults.
NHS England director of primary care Dr Nikki Kanani said: “The uptake we have seen among 18 to 29-year-olds in the last week shows how much young adults – like all those before them – recognise the importance of getting protected, as the NHS continues to deliver the largest and fastest vaccination programme in history at a phenomenal rate.
“It is incredible to see the progress already made – we are so grateful to the staff working day in day out to ensure that half of 18- 29 year olds are already protected with their first dose.
“NHS teams and their local partners are working flat out this weekend to vaccinate as many people as possible at convenient walk in sites up and down the country so if you are 18 and over, go along and ‘grab a jab’ – with every vaccine in an arm, we are one step closer to our summer freedoms.
“It has never been easier to get protected so whether it is your first or second dose – please book in as soon as you can.”