Covid-19: Vaccine offered to 42-year-olds in England

People aged 42 and over in England are now able to book their Covid-19 jab, the health secretary has said.

Those who are due to turn 42 by 1 July are also eligible to make an appointment under the latest extension of the vaccine rollout.

Matt Hancock, who is 42, said he was “really looking forward” to receiving his invitation via text and urged others to book their jabs.

More than 33.7 million people in the UK have now received their first dose.

And almost 12.9 million are fully vaccinated, government figures show.

The extension comes just a day after the vaccine rollout opened to 44-year-olds in England.

In a video posted on Twitter, Mr Hancock said that rollout had gone “very, very well” and thanked those who had booked their jabs.

“Now we’re able to go that little bit further,” he said.

A TV advert and poster campaign has been launched to encourage under-50s to get vaccinated.


Government statistics show 127,434 people have now died, up 6 in the latest 24-hour period. In total 4,404,882 people have tested positive, up 2,064 in the latest 24-hour period. There are 1,781 people in hospital. In total 33,752,885 people have received their first vaccination, up 79,695 in the latest 24-hour period


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