NHS Covid vaccine NHS Covid vaccine Covid-19: in to extends 44-year-olds rollout England Vaccine
Mon, 26 Apr 2021 06:00:00 +0100
The NHS plans to set out when 40 to 43-year-olds will be invited for the jab "in the coming days"
About half a million more people in England are being invited to book their Covid-19 jab from Monday, as the vaccine rollout opens to 44-year-olds.
Two-thirds of the previous age group – 45 to 49-year-olds – have received their first dose.
The NHS said it would set out when 40 to 43-year-olds would be able to book appointments “in the coming days”, as supply allows.
It comes as a TV advert is launched to encourage under-50s to get vaccinated.
The total number of vaccine doses given in the UK reached almost 46.3 million on Sunday, with a further 498,430 second doses and 142,215 first doses reported.
More than 33.6 million people have now received their first dose and almost 12.6 million are fully vaccinated.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Vaccines are helping us get back to doing the things we have missed.”
Northern Ireland is opening its vaccination programme to people aged 35 to 39, while Wales has been asking over-40s to book appointments and Scotland has been inviting over-45s for vaccination.
Meanwhile, Scotland is taking its biggest step out of lockdown since December as shops reopen along with cafes, pubs and restaurants – with some restrictions. Outdoor hospitality is also opening up in Wales.
The TV advert promoting the Covid-19 vaccine – featuring the slogan “every vaccination gives us hope” – is predominantly aimed at people aged under 50 who are being invited for their first dose, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
Showing scenes from vaccination centres across the country, it also aims to encourage over-50s to ensure they receive their second jab for the best possible protection.
It will be accompanied by a poster campaign highlighting how the Covid-19 jab helps to reduce infections, hospital admissions and deaths.
The 60-second advert will be shown for the first time during Emmerdale on ITV at 19:15 BST on Monday, and it features people arriving at vaccination centres and getting the jab across the UK – to the accompaniment of a cover version of Dinah Washington's What a Difference a Day Makes recorded by songwriter and artist Shells.
Several of them punch the air in triumph and delight after being immunised, while one Aston Villa fan arriving at the club's Villa Park stadium for his appointment notes wryly: “This is the biggest turnout we've had all season.”
The advert urges people to “join the millions already vaccinated” and reminds them “you need two doses for maximum protection”.
Mr Hancock said it is a “poignant reminder of everything we've been through as a country and everything we have to look forward to”.
One of the people featured in the advert is 32-year-old Thor Porter, a drummer and graphic designer from Salisbury, in Wiltshire, who said: “I feel the vaccine rollout is key to regaining some form of normality. As a musician, it will hopefully enable venues to reopen and ensure a future in my career.”
Mr Porter said he was particularly keen to get his vaccine because his mother had been a nurse in the NHS and at a school, and had been responsible for giving vaccines to children. “I know that she would be fully behind this rollout if she were here today,” he said.
He added: “At the end of the day, if we all want to be with our loved ones again then we need to do our bit. We have stayed inside for long enough, let's get out and get vaccinated.”
The campaign will also be reflected in special postmarks put on stamped mail by the Royal Mail, vaccine messaging on Google and YouTube, and free advertising on LinkedIn to get the vaccine message to businesses.
It comes as there are signs that the groups which are most hesitant about getting the vaccine are becoming more likely to get the jab.
Among ethnic minority communities, take-up has tripled since February, outpacing the national average increase among all ethnicities. In Pakistani communities, it has quadrupled, and among people from Bangladeshi backgrounds it has risen five-fold.
About one in eight (12%) people aged 16 to 29 say they are hesitant about getting the vaccine, although this has decreased from 17% in February.
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Since the vaccination rollout began in December, more than 28 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, 63
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IF YOU ARE 44-years-old you can get your Covid-19 vaccine from today.
The NHS is now inviting those in that age category to book their jab, as its vaccine programme continues at pace.
England’s top doctors and the Health Secretary are urging people to come forward for their vaccine when they are invited to do so.
Around half a million 44-year olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service from today.
The move to the next age group comes alongside the latest figures showing that more than two thirds of people aged 45 to 49 had been vaccinated.
The decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out in the coming days with the NHS vaccinating in line with JCVI advice and as supply allows.
Since the vaccination rollout began in December, more than 28 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, 63.8 per cent of the total population of adults aged over 18.
NHS staff have also carried out more than ten million second doses and is reminding people to attend their second dose to ensure they receive maximum protection.
NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens said: “Thanks to NHS staff, people aged 45-49 have been hot on the heels of millions of people most at risk who were quick to take up the offer of a vaccine with more than two thirds getting their lifesaving jab, marking another medically important milestone in the biggest vaccination campaign in NHS history.
“When the time comes, and you get that text, book an appointment to get your vaccine – it is the best protection you and your loved ones will receive from this deadly virus.”
NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “It is testament to the hard work of NHS staff that we are now able to vaccinate people in the next age group.
“If you are aged 44, when you are invited to do so, please do book your jab as appointments become available – it is simple, effective and provides vital protection against the coronavirus.”
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “Now that 95 per cent of all over 50s have had their first jab, and more than two thirds of those aged 45-49, we are opening up vaccinations to 44 year olds.
“The biggest vaccination programme in NHS history has delivered 45.5 million doses so far across the UK, and we are on track to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.
“I encourage everyone who is 44 to book an appointment to get the jab – it will protect you and your loved ones, and help put this pandemic behind us.”
When invited, people will be able to book at a Vaccination Centre or pharmacy site across the country through the national booking service.
The NHS currently vaccinates using three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, all of which have been approved as safe and effective by the world leading medical regulator the MHRA.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
Text invitations appear as an alert from “NHSvaccine”, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.
Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of the people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.
The NHS made history when Maggie Keenan became the first person in the world to be protected against coronavirus outside of a clinical trial when she received the Pfizer vaccine at Coventry Hospital on December 8.
The NHS was also the first health system to deliver the new Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine when Brian Pinker, 82, received his on January 4.
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NHS Covid vaccine Covid19 Vaccine rollout in England extends to 44yearolds