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When will over 25s, over 20s and children get the Covid vaccine?

A young woman in face mask receives a vaccine dose from a health worker in a high visibility jacket.
The UK vaccine rollout continues to expand (Picture: Reuters)

The vaccine rollout has so far been very successful across the UK, as over 40 million Brits have now received their first dose.

When added together with the amount of second doses, the total number of vaccinations administered in the UK is currently at over 60 million.

The government remains on track to reach its goal of offering every adult their first dose by the end of July.

With those over 18 being invited to book in Northern Ireland and Wales, many in England will be wondering when those below 30 will get their invite.

When will over 25s get the Covid vaccine?

People aged 25-29 in England can now book their jab, following the latest expansion of the vaccine rollout.

Younger age groups are being vaccinated earlier in areas affected by the Indian (now Delta) Covid variant, which some experts fear could delay or derail the UK’s exit from lockdown on June 21.

All over 18s in Blackburn have already been offered the vaccine due to surging cases of the Indian variant in the area, with public health officials in other hotspots planning to follow suit.

Digital generated image of Syringe with anti COVID-19 vaccine on purple background.
Over 40m people have so far had their first dose (Picture: Getty Images)

There had been concern over how effective the UK-approved Covid vaccines might be against the new variant, but recent data has shown that not to be a concern.

The Pfizer jab has been found to be 88% effective against the strain after two doses, while AstraZeneca’s was 60%.

Which vaccine will over 25s get?

Younger people should be offered an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, due to the risk of a blood clot developing after receiving the Oxford vaccine.

Just over 10 people develop blood clots for every million doses of AZ vaccine given, says Medical Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) data.

While a low risk, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) did declare that under-30s should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna instead of the Oxford vaccine.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, bookings are now open to anyone aged over 18.

Those aged 30 and over can currently book their appointment in Scotland, while those over 18 are now being invited to register.

Close-up medical syringe with a vaccine.
People over 18 can now book an appointment in Wales (Picture: Getty)

When will over 20s get the Covid vaccine?

Outside of the areas where the vaccine rollout has been expanded, those aged 20 and over have not yet been invited in England, but as the next group in line, it’s likely to happen over the coming weeks.

Elsewhere in the UK, those aged 18 and over can now book their jabs in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland has yet to roll out its vaccine programme to those in their early 20s and younger, but those in their late 20s can now book their vaccine.

Over 18s can also be vaccinated in parts of Glasgow, where the Indian variant has been detected.

When will children get the vaccine?

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Hancock: 25-30-year-olds can book Covid jab from morning of June 8

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Although there are currently no plans to vaccinate younger children, those aged 12-15 could be in line for the jab very soon after the Pfizer vaccine was approved for that age group in the UK.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation now has to decide whether 12-15 year-olds should receive the jab as part of the current vaccine drive.

However Matt Hancock has suggested that younger teens could be given the vaccine from around August, under plans to tackle the spread of the Indian variant.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded that the jab ‘is safe and effective, and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risk’.

How will I be invited to get the vaccine? 

When you become eligible, the NHS will contact you via text message, inviting you to book an appointment.

If you are registered with a GP, then they will be in contact via phone, text, email or post, in order to book in to receive a vaccine at your local vaccination centre.

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