All adults in England are expected to be able to book a COVID jab by the end of this week – as the head of the NHS said a new treatment for infected people is set to be available soon.
Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, said the health service hoped to “finish the job” of vaccinating people over the next month.
He told the NHS Confederation 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…
“By 19 July we aim to have offered perhaps two-thirds of adults across the country double jabs.”
He also said that from today 23 and 24-year-olds would be able to book an appointment.
“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.”
Over-18s in Wales and Northern Ireland can already get a jab, and people over 30 are eligible in Scotland.