People aged 36 and 37 can now book a Covid vaccination, Matt Hancock has announced.
The Health Secretary said he was ‘delighted’ to be able to open up vaccinations to the next age group and urged anyone who gets the call to get the jab.
Mr Hancock said in a tweet: “I’m delighted that people aged 36 & 37 can now book a vaccination.
“The vaccine is saving lives & helping us on the roadmap, so massive thank you to everyone playing their part in our national effort.
“When you get the call, get the jab.”
At the same time, over 50s are having their second jabs brought forward on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The moves comes amid continuing concern about the fast-spreading B.1.617.2 variant – first identified in India – with some scientists warning it could lead to a deadly new wave of the virus.
People in Blackburn with Darwen have flocked to get their jabs, with increased vaccination under way amid concerns over the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus.
Additional supplies of more than 1,000 Pfizer vaccines per day for the next fortnight have been made available for the East Lancashire borough which currently has the third highest Covid-19 rate in the UK – behind Bolton and Bedford.
Over the weekend more than 6,200 vaccines were administered in the Bolton area, as their neighbours in Blackburn began their surge on Monday for those eligible.
Appointments were filled throughout the day on Monday at the Everest Pharmacy in Darwen, with five other similar vaccination centres opening from Tuesday.
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