Millions more eligible for Covid jabs from TOMORROW as age limit drops

MILLIONS more Brits will be eligible for a Covid vaccine from tomorrow.

The age limit has dropped once again, and now people aged 38 and 39 will be able to book their jab.

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They will be able to arrange their appointment from Thursday morning in England, NHS sources told the PA news agency.

It suggests everyone in their 40s has now at least been invited to recieve their first jab and the programme is now reaching the younger population.

It brings the UK one step closer to having widespread immunity in the population, helping to wipe Covid out.

However, with the vaccine rollout combined with the easing of lockdown, experts say the coronavirus is set to cause many more cases and deaths yet.

The scale of the "third wave" is currently unclear, but there are signs it has already begun, fuelled by the new Indian variant B.1.617.2.

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Almost 35.6 million first doses have been given out – more than two-thirds (67.6 per cent) of the UK adult population.

A further 18 million second doses have been given, meaning more than a third (34.3 per cent) have maximum protection against Covid.

It is planned that all adults in the UK will have their first vaccine dose by the end of July.

When the age limit is expanded from tomorrow, Brits can expect text invitations to appear as an alert from “NHSvaccine".

It will include a link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment. People can also call the service on 119.

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds.

There are three vaccines on offer in the UK from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

 

But anyone under the age of 40 will only be offered the latter two due to the AZ jab being linked with rare blood clot cases.

The risk of a blood clot is extremely rare, but appears to be more common in young people.

Anyone who is invited for a second dose of the AZ vaccine is urged to take it, regardeless of the link with blood clots.

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