BRITS in their forties will be invited for their Covid jabs from tomorrow after the government reached its target to vaccinate the most vulnerable in society.
Everyone in the top nine priority groups has now received a jab – meaning the vaccination plan can move on to its next phase.
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So far in the UK over 32 million people have received a coronavirus vaccine with over 7.4 million having had their second.
There are three jabs being rolled out, the Pfizer/BioNTech offering, the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab and the Moderna jab also joined the line up last week.
Ministers had previously pledged that 32 million people in the top nine priority groups would receive the jab by April 15.
The Times reported that the government is now preparing to announce that the target has been reached early and that appointments will now be opened up to younger age groups.
Sources claimed that the NHS would be "easing into" the next phase of the programme.
It was also reported that government scientists were considering whether or not regular travellers should be offered the jab – in order to reduce the risk of the virus spreading – as some are exempt from quarantine rules.
The plan is thought to be being discussed but is still in its early stages, but would mean premier league footballers, diplomats and hauliers could receive the vaccine next.
WHEN WILL I GET THE JAB?
If you still haven't received a coronavirus vaccine then the next rollout could see you inoculated.
The first load of appointments would see people aged 49 asked to come forward first.
Then younger people will be told to book themselves in for a jab later in the month.
The Moderna jab was first given in Wales last week and is being rolled out in England today, and officials are said to be calculating how many of each available vaccine will be given to the under 50s.
Sources claimed that everyone in the relevant priority groups has been contacted to come forward for their jab.
In recent days those hesitant to come forward for the jab have been urged to book a slot by health officials.
HOW TO BOOK A JAB
Letters sent to those who qualify to have the vaccine give details on how to book your jab in each area.
The letters explain how the slots can be booked through the national booking service online or over the phone.
The NHS said that the centres are an additional option for people, who can book an appointment at one of the seven centres through the national booking service online or over the phone.
If they can't make an appointment this way then they can be jabbed at one of their local vaccine centres.
In order to be eligible for the vaccine, the NHS says that you have to be registered with a GP surgery in England.
To start the booking process you can follow the link sent to you on your letter.
You can only use the service if you have had a letter sent to you and the NHS states that you might not get your letter straight away.
Before you start to fill out the form you will be asked for your NHS number.
This number will be displayed on any previous letters the NHS has sent you – such as your shielding letter and it will consist of 10 numbers.
It does however state that if you don't know your NHS number then you will still be able to book an appointment.
If this is the case you will be asked for your first and second name, your gender and your date of birth as well as your postcode.
This is so the NHS can access your records and book you in at a centre close to you.
This also checks your eligibility for the vaccine and the system will prompt you if it's not yet your turn.
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