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Two million more invited for Covid vaccine with rollout to get ‘even faster’ in March

Nearly two million more people aged over 60 in England are being invited to book a coronavirus jab as the boss of NHS England promised the rollout will get even quicker in March.

NHS England said letters will start landing on doormats from Monday of those aged 60-64 inviting the extra people for their vaccine.

They have been sent out after more than three in four people aged 65 to 70 took up the offer of a vaccination, it added.

The UK has now given first doses to nearly 20 million people, with everyone over 50 in line to get their first dose by April 15.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens says the rollout could accelerate further in March

      © PA NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens says the rollout could accelerate further in March

And buoyant NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens said vaccine supply will increase further in March allowing the rollout to accelerate even further

It comes as leaders from 60 of the UK’s black majority churches joined forces on Sunday to show their support for the Covid-19 vaccine to their congregations.

They will say they support the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme, and urge their congregations to seek out the facts about the vaccine from trusted sources.

They will also say that they have either already been vaccinated or that they will get the vaccine when it is their turn.

Members of the public receive their Covid-19 vaccinations at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire on February 26, 2021 in Lichfield, England. Lichfield Cathedral is one of many unusual venues that have been adapted for administering vaccines during the Covid-19, coronavirus pandemic. Over 19 million people in the United Kingdom have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, including 90 percent of over-70s.© (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Members of the public receive their Covid-19 vaccinations at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire on February 26, 2021 in Lichfield, England. Lichfield Cathedral is one of many unusual venues that have been adapted for administering vaccines during the Covid-19, coronavirus pandemic. Over 19 million people in the United Kingdom have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, including 90 percent of over-70s.

The alliance of Christian leaders, which includes Bishop of Dover the Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, said they felt compelled to act after data suggested black people are among those most likely to be hesitant about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Bishop Hudson-Wilkin said: “When you are offered the Covid vaccine, please take it.

“This is our chance to show we care for ourselves and our neighbours.

“Don’t let misinformation rob you of your opportunity to protect yourself and others.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2021/02/27: Cyclists ride along the embankment amid covid19 pandemic in London
The UK has reported another 345 coronavirus deaths and 8,523 new cases, while more than 19 million people have received their first vaccine dose. (Photo by Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)© 2021 SOPA Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 2021/02/27: Cyclists ride along the embankment amid covid19 pandemic in London The UK has reported another 345 coronavirus deaths and 8,523 new cases, while more than 19 million people have received their first vaccine dose. (Photo by Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

This initiative has been organised by Christian umbrella organisations Churches Together in England, Evangelical Alliance and YourNeighbour.

Prince William also hit out at anti-vaxxers spreading “disinformation” in a Zoom call he and wife Kate Middleton had with two clinically vulnerable women.

A total of 17,254,844 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and February 26, according to provisional NHS England data, including 16,679,881 first doses.

NHS England said the latest batch of invites arriving this week will mean everyone in the first seven priority groups will have been offered a jab, with people aged between 50 and 60 set to be invited shortly.

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits King's Lynn Corn Exchange Vaccination Centre on February 22, 2021 in King's Lynn, England. The Duke spoke to NHS staff and volunteers and heard more about their experiences of being involved in the vaccination programme. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

© 2021 WPA Pool KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits King’s Ly

 

nn Corn Exchange Vaccination Centre on February 22, 2021 in King’s Lynn, England. The Duke spoke to NHS staff and volunteers and heard more about their experiences of being involved in the vaccination programme. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Since around four fifths of 65-69 year olds have now been vaccinated, we’re rapidly working our way down the generations, with people ages 60 plus now able to come forward.

“As expected vaccine supply increases in March, we’re planning for further acceleration as we head towards Easter.”

The push to get as many of the most at-risk people protected means nine in 10 people in the top four priority groups have received a jab, NHS England said.

People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot at one of more than NHS Vaccination Centres or almost 200 pharmacy-led services across the country, it added.

The booking service can be accessed at  www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119 free of charge and NHS teams are visiting people who are housebound and cannot travel to a vaccination service.

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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