People aged 32 and over are now eligible for their Covid vaccine

People aged 32 and over are now eligible for their Covid vaccine.

Since eligibility was widened for people under 40 just over a week ago, 2.6 million more bookings have already been made, the NHS has said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said extending the rollout to 32 and 33-year-olds is “an incredible step forward in the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history” and urged people to get their jab when contacted.

Mr Hancock added: “This is truly a testament to the heroic work of our amazing NHS and care staff, volunteers and local authorities across the country who have helped deliver over 50 million jabs at lightning speed across England, keeping us on track to offer a vaccine to everyone by July.

“The vaccine has already saved thousands of lives and you are far less likely to get symptoms or be admitted to hospital if you get the jab.”

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More than 50 million coronavirus vaccine doses have now been given in England.

Mr Hancock has said the government is on track to offer a first vaccine dose to all adults in the UK by the end of July.

The NHS opened bookings to about one million more people in England on Saturday morning.

Text message invitations were sent out to 33-year-olds on Saturday and to 32-year-olds on Monday.

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