UK Health Service Invites People Over 45 to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
People in the United Kingdom aged 45 or over can book an appointment to get their COVID-19 vaccine starting on Tuesday, after the target of offering a first dose to all the population over 50 and priority groups was met two days ahead of schedule, the National Health Service announced.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government had pledged that all people over 50, vulnerable patients and health and social care workers would have the opportunity to receive at least one shot by 15 April, but on Monday evening his government announced that the target had been reached.
“We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine program by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups,” Johnson said in a statement, adding that more than 32 million people had been given the “precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19.”
The government’s plan is that all adults in the UK — around 52.7 million — should be offered the vaccine by the end of July.
The NHS also announced that the Moderna vaccine, which has been rolled out in Wales and Scotland, will begin to be given in England from Tuesday, alongside the vaccines from Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech.
The UK government has secured 17 million doses of the vaccine developed by the US pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, which according to its manufacturer showed a 94.1 percent efficacy against the virus at the clinical trials.