Last reviewed 4 May 2021
NHS England has announced that all those aged 40 and over are now being invited to book a Covid-19 vaccine.
Text messages are being sent to 40- and 41-year-olds from 30 April 2021, inviting them to arrange an appointment for a vaccination through the national booking service.
An NHS England spokesperson confirmed to Pulse magazine that GP-led vaccination sites can also begin inviting these patients for their first dose.
People aged 42 to 44 have already been texted so that, in total, another 2.5 million more people have been invited for their jab.
NHS England Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said on 30 April: “With nine tenths of people aged 45 and over having been jabbed, nearly three quarters of a million new appointments were made in just two days as our booking service opened to people aged 42 to 44.
“With second doses also proceeding apace, we’re now ready to invite all those aged 40 and over to join the most successful vaccination drive in health service history.”
Vaccinations are being given at more than 1700 sites across the country including at mosques, museums and rugby grounds. NHS England said this means the vast majority of people live within 10 miles of at least 1 vaccination service.
People who are unable to book online are invited to call the service on 119 instead to book a vaccine.
This news comes as the Government announced that 60 million additional doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured for delivery in a booster programme in the Autumn.
Booster jabs will be “based on clinical need” to “protect the most vulnerable ahead of the winter”, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. The final policy will be informed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI’s) advice and the results of clinical trials into the interchangeability of Covid-19 vaccines.
More information is available from NHS England at https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/04/nhs-to-invite-all-people-40-and-over-for-life-saving-covid-19-jab/