Covid vaccine: 25 to 29-year-olds in England invited

Yolanda Curtis
June 7, 2021

"That figure, around 40 per cent more transmissible, is the latest advice that I have".

"We are not saying "No" to June 21 at this point", he added. But people who have received two doses of vaccine, should be equally protected against either variant, he added.

Public Health England said last month that research showed double vaccination was similarly effective against both the Alpha and Delta variants.

The minister also confirmed that vaccines would be opened up to the next age cohort of under-30s in the next few days by the National Health Service (NHS).

The move brings the United Kingdom a step closer to meeting the target to offer all adults a vaccine by the end of July.

He said: "The majority of people going into hospital right now are unvaccinated". Independent SAGE, a group of British scientists focused on providing guidance to the government, issued an "emergency statement" last week said stalling the existing plans to lift the last restrictions could help "avoid another full lockdown". One of the four critical tests set by the government for a reopening is that the assessment of the risk from the deadly virus is not fundamentally changed by new VOC.

In the face of rising cases - the health secretary said he couldn't rule out that people would still have to wear face masks, and work from home where they can, beyond June the 21st - Rachel Younger has the details.

It has been reported that revisions to the road map could see the Government backtrack on encouraging a return to the workplace, while social distancing in bars and restaurants is likely to remain, along with limits on audiences in theatres and cinemas.

All adults aged 25 to 29 in England who have not yet had a Covid vaccine will be able to book their first dose from tomorrow.

Meanwhile, there were 203,613 first vaccine doses administered on Saturday, taking the total to 40,333,231, and 473,378 more second jabs were given, taking that total to 27,661,353.

"If you are contacted to bring forward your second dose appointment, I would urge you to do this as soon as possible, as getting both doses is what will give everyone the maximum possible protection against COVID", said Dr Emily Lawson, NHS lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The UK has recorded nearly 128,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Europe.

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