Everyone aged 40 and over is now invited to book a Covid 19 vaccination.
Almost three quarters of a million appointments were made Monday and Tuesday when the NHS began inviting 44-year-olds, followed by texting people aged 42 and 43.
Text messages are now being sent to 40- and 41-year-olds so that they can arrange a stitch at the push of a button via the national booking service.
The 42 to 44 year olds have already received a text this week, which means that a total of another 2.5 million people have been invited to their engraving.
Since vaccination began in December, more than 28 million people in England have been protected with at least one dose – nearly two-thirds of the adult population.
NHS staff have fully vaccinated more than 11 million people, with the second dose still a priority. It is important that everyone books for their second burst to ensure they are getting the maximum protection from coronavirus.
The NHS will vaccinate according to the guidelines of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, if care allows. The authorized persons can book as soon as they are asked to do so.
Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: “After bumping into nine tenths of those over 45 years old, nearly three quarters of a million new appointments were made in just two days when our booking service opened to those ages 42 to 44 has been.
“As the second dose is also progressing rapidly, we are now ready to invite everyone over 40 to take part in the most successful vaccination campaign in the history of healthcare.”
NHS Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said: “The rapid roll-out of the NHS vaccination program, the fastest in Europe, is based on months of careful planning and hard work by nurses, doctors and countless other staff supported by our volunteers.
“When you receive text inviting you to take your stab, please follow the instructions and book – it is simple, effective and provides important protection against the virus.”
Upon invitation, people can book at a vaccination center or pharmacy through the national booking service.
The NHS is currently vaccinating three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, all of which have been recognized as safe and effective by the world’s leading medical regulatory agency, the MHRA.
People who can’t get online can instead call the service at 119 to book their jab.
Text invitations will appear as a warning from NHSvaccine, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.
Vaccination is currently being carried out in more than 1,700 locations across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby pitches. This means that the vast majority of people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.
The NHS made history when Maggie Keenan became the first person in the world to be protected from coronavirus outside of a clinical trial when she received the Pfizer vaccine at Coventry Hospital on Dec. 8.
The NHS was also the first healthcare system to ship the new Oxford / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine when 82-year-old Brian Pinker received his vaccine on Jan. 4.