Half of people in their 30s in England have been given jabs

More than half of 30-year-olds in England got a coronavirus vaccination in just over two weeks, new figures show.

NHS England said that since the vaccine launched for this age group on May 13, 53% of 30 to 39 year olds have received at least one dose.

People aged 30 to 31 were the last group invited to their jab starting Wednesday. The national booking service made more than five million appointments within 72 hours.

The data comes from the NHS request to ask people aged 50 and over and clinically vulnerable people to present their second Covid-19 vaccination in order to combat the spread of variant B1.617.2, which was first identified in India.

It follows the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), which recommended earlier this month that the second dose interval for people in priority cohorts be shortened from 12 to eight weeks.

So far, according to NHS England, 600,000 people have been invited to reorder their second stitch through the national booking service, with around a quarter postponing their appointment earlier.

In total, more than 32 million people in England were vaccinated with a first dose, nearly three-quarters of the total adult population, while more than 20 million people received both doses.

Sir Simon Stevens, CEO of the NHS, said: “It is noteworthy that in just over two weeks since people in their thirties received their invitations, more than half have received their first dose.

“This success is not a happy coincidence, but the result of months of careful planning and the hard work and dedication of NHS staff.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is our most effective weapon against coronavirus and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. So if you do one thing this holiday weekend, book your life-saving bump and, if contacted by the NHS, bring your second dose of vital protection. “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “absolutely delighted” with the advances in the 30s age group and thanked those who came forward “to do their part to fight the virus”.

He added: “As we enjoy the reopening of pubs and restaurants, vaccines will play a crucial role in protecting ourselves and those around us.

“Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and I urge everyone to take the offer if they are entitled.”

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