On Monday Boris Johnson announced the next stage of the lockdown roadmap, ‘Step 4’, cannot go ahead as planned on June 21. Instead, the final stage of lockdown has been delayed to help the vaccination programme catch up, so all adults will hopefully have some or full vaccinations against Covid before England fully reopens on the planned date of July 19. At the moment, the NHS is offering Covid vaccines to all people over the age of 23 in England, but the booking service is expected to open up to all adults by the end of the week.
When will all adults be eligible for their Covid vaccines in England?
All adults in England should be able to book their Covid vaccine by the end of this week, according to health leaders.
NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens said that the NHS would “finish the job” of the Covid vaccination programme.
He added that swathes of the population should have received their second vaccine by the proposed lockdown end date of July 19.
Sir Simon told the NHS annual conference: “It is now very important that we use the next four weeks to finish the job to the greatest extent possible for the Covid vaccination programme, which has been a historic signature achievement in terms of the effectiveness of delivering by the NHS – over 60 million doses now administered.
“By July 19 we aim to have offered perhaps two thirds of adults across the country double jabs.
“And we’re making great strides also in extending the offer to all adults, today people aged 23 and 24 are able to vaccinate through the National Booking Service.
“I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults age 18 and above.
“Of course, vaccine supply continues to be constrained, so we’re pacing ourselves at precisely the rate of which we’re getting that extra vaccine supply between now and July 19.”
When the Covid vaccine service opens up to people aged 18 and over, people will be notified by the NHS that they are now eligible for vaccination.
NHS England tweeted today urging people to book their jabs as soon as they are eligible.
The NHS tweeted: “By the end of this week, all adults aged 18 or over will be eligible for the #NHSCOVIDVaccine, as announced by NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens at @NHSConfed this morning.
“When you get your text, don’t delay in booking your jab.”
An exact date this week for when the Covid vaccination programme will open to over-18s is expected in due course.
Which vaccine will the next vaccine group get?
Four Covid vaccines have been approved for use in the UK, including jabs from Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen
People who are pregnant, as well as those aged under 40 and do not have a health condition that increases their risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, should be offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine.
This is due to a small number of cases of blood clots in recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
People aged 18 or over should be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccine when using the online vaccine booking service.