The introduction of the Covid vaccine has entered a new phase today as the program is officially extended to people aged 65 to 69, those over 16 in at-risk groups and unpaid carers.
This comes after the government announced yesterday that it had succeeded in its goal of offering the vaccine to anyone over the age of 70 or older by February 15th.
If there is anyone aged 70 or over who has not been vaccinated for any reason – including those who have turned down an offer – they can visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination today or call 119 and arrange a vaccination.
More than 15 million people in the UK had their first dose of Covid-19, although some of them are believed to be in the lower priority groups.
The NHS has also started vaccinating people who are “clinically vulnerable.” The list of conditions that are thought to make people clinically vulnerable is below.
The government hopes to vaccinate all people over the age of 50 and older by April 30th.
Here is the full Covid priority list:
Who has already been vaccinated?
- Residents of nursing homes (300,000 people) and residential workers (500,000 people)
- All over the age of 80 (3.3 million people), health workers (2.4 million people) and social workers (1.4 million people)
- All aged 75 to 79 (2.3 million people)
- All aged 70 to 74 (3.2 million people) and people under the age of 70 with a serious medical condition that makes them “clinically extremely vulnerable” (1.2 million people)
What vaccinations are taking place now?
- All aged 65 to 69 (2.9 million people)
- People under the age of 65 with a health condition that puts them at risk (7.3 million people)
Who should be vaccinated by April 30?
- All those 65 years and more
- Adults aged 16 to 65 in the risk group
- All aged 60 to 64 (1.8 million people)
- All aged 55 to 59 (2.4 million people)
- All aged 50 to 54 (2.8 million people)
Who will be vaccinated after April 30?
- Every adult under the age of 50. “Key workers,” like teachers, may be given priority, but the government has not yet confirmed this.
The NHS has already sent nearly 1.2 million letters to people aged 65 to 69 and people are classified as “vulnerable,” and the remaining 1.2 million are due out this week.
Those who receive the letter can choose from more than 100 large vaccination centers or almost 200 pharmacy services.
More High Street pharmacists were invited to participate as the program continues to accelerate.
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