The national booking system has been extended for the second time in two days – with healthy people in England who are aged 42 and over, or those who will turn 42 before July 1, able to arrange an appointment
Coronavirus vaccines are being offered to healthy people aged 42 and over from today.
The national booking system has been extended for the second time in two days to allow more adults in their 40s to book their jab.
Healthy people in England who are aged 42 and over, or those who will turn 42 before July 1, can now arrange their vaccine appointment.
The system only opened to those aged 44 and over on Monday.
There had been supply constraints throughout April, with second vaccines for those at highest risk of Covid-19 being prioritised with the supply that was available.
But even amid supply issues, the NHS was able to extend the rollout of the vaccine programme to its second phase, healthy adults under the age of 50.
When will I get the Covid vaccine?
A new online calculator predicts your likely position in the queue after asking a series of questions.
The omni calculator asks for your age, whether you live or work in a care home, are pregnant or plan to be in the next three months and if you’re a frontline health or social worker, classes as extremely vulnerable or have an underlying health condition.
Once answered, it will give an estimate on how many people are ahead of you in the queue.
Explaining that this is only a predicted estimate, the omni calculator site reads: “We also indicate how long it might be before you get the vaccine, based on the vaccination rate.
“By default, we base these figures on a vaccination rate of 1 million vaccinations a week and a default uptake rate of 70.6%.”
“As more data on the actual vaccination rate is released, we may revise this default value.”
The calculator also has an advanced mode that allows you to change the vaccination rate and uptake figure
The government has issued a priority list. Those on it are:
Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
All those 75 years of age and over
All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
All those 65 years of age and over
All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
All those 60 years of age and over
All those 50 years of age and over
The government says: “It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.”