All over-40s in England can now book COVID vaccine appointments

All over-40s in England are now being invited to book their first coronavirus vaccine appointment.

It is the third time this week that the COVID-19 vaccine booking system has been extended, after it was offered to over-44 on Monday and to over-42son Tuesday.

According to the NHS, almost 750,000 appointments were booked at the start of the week as the programme was broadened further – and now all over-40s can arrange one via the national booking website.

The expansion of the vaccine programme comes as figures showed that more than 34 million people across the UK have now received one dose, and over 14 million people are now fully vaccinated.

Outgoing NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens, who has announced he will step down this summer, said: “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.


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