Online queues as people aged 44 told they can book a vaccine

So far the government has been going down the age groups five or 10 years at a time, but that changed today.

There have been online queues as people aged 44 in England have now been invited to book a jab, down from 45.

Around half a million 44 year olds were due to receive a text and it seems many of them were up early and keen to get their name on the list, as the NHS website was informing people they were in a queue.

Everyone aged 44 can now book a Covid-19 jab.

Around half a million 44-year-olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service from Monday (today, 26 April) NHS England has said.

It’s the latest age group to become eligible for the jab, after the 45-49 age group became the latest to join the more than 33 million people who’ve received at least one dose of vital vaccine.

The decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out in the coming days, with the NHS vaccinating in line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – and in line with supply.

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.”

Those in the age group are being urged to make their vaccine appointment as soon as they get the invite.

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