People aged 18 and over in England should be eligible for covid-19 vaccine appointments in coming days
All people over the age of 18 in England are expected to become eligible for covid-19 vaccination this week, as more than 41 million people across the UK have now received at least one dose of vaccine. “I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults aged 18 and above,” chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens told the NHS Confederation conference on 15 June. “By 19 July we aim to have offered perhaps two-thirds of adults across the country double jabs,” said Stevens.
On 14 June UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced that planned lifting of restrictions in England, originally scheduled for 21 June, would be postponed until 19 July to allow more time for people to be vaccinated. Figures from Public Health England show that two doses of covid-19 vaccine are 80.8 per cent effective against symptomatic disease caused by the delta variant – which now accounts for more than 90 per cent of new UK coronavirus cases – whereas a single dose of vaccine is much less effective, only providing 33.2 per cent protection. More than 29 million people in the UK have received two doses of covid-19 vaccine so far.