Last reviewed 17 June 2021

Around one million people aged 21 and 22 have begun to be called forward to get the coronavirus vaccine as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme has entered the final phase of the first dose roll-out.

They can go online to make appointments for both doses at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination.

Some 972,000 texts will be sent out inviting them to do so.

NHS England said that the next step, expected in a few days, will be to invite all those aged 18 or over to book. It is only just over a week since the programme opened to all 25 to 29 year-olds.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’re almost at the final hurdle of offering lifesaving jabs to all UK adults, with both vaccines providing the fullest possible protection against symptoms, serious illness and hospitalisation from this awful virus and moving us a step closer to beating this pandemic.”

Over one million appointments were booked by people in their 20s in just one day recently, he went on, showing the enthusiasm of younger adults to get vaccinated and protected from the virus.

“I urge everyone aged 21 and over to get your vaccines booked in as soon as possible to not only secure this extra defence for yourself, but to protect your loved ones too,” Mr Hancock concluded.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible, and pregnant women, will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).