Last reviewed 22 June 2021
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens announced last week that all people aged 18 years or over are now being urged to get a Covid-19 vaccination if they have not yet had one.
Simon Stevens said that from 18 June, texts will be sent out to 1.5 million 18- to 20-year-olds in what he described as a “watershed moment”.
People aged 39 or under are being offered either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine, in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommendations.
The JCVI is also currently considering shortening the vaccine interval to eight weeks for all eligible adults and is due to make a decision on vaccination of teenagers.
NHS England Covid Vaccination Programme Lead Dr Emily Lawson said: “We’re in the final weeks of this historic drive to get everyone aged 18 and over their first Covid-19 vaccine, having already vaccinated more than three quarters of the population in only six months, and ensured that over half the country has had their second jab too.”
Simon Stevens added: “Extensive planning and the tireless hard work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.”
Social media platforms that are popular with young people, including Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok, and YouTube, are supporting the vaccination programme by encouraging their users to get vaccinated.
Snapchat users can use NHS stickers, a filter, and later this month, an augmented reality lens that all read: “I’ve had my vaccine” for UK users to share on their accounts. This platform is also hosting a series of question and answers with medical experts on the Prime Minister’s snapchat account.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our vaccine rollout has been a great success story and is now available to all adults. We have worked closely with social media platforms throughout the pandemic to promote life saving vaccine information, and this new initiative with popular platforms will help drive take-up even higher.
"We are also tackling misinformation online through our new Online Safety Bill to make sure people are not bombarded by harmful content.”
Covid-19 vaccine appointments have already been on offer to all over-18 year olds in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.