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Coronavirus news – live: People aged 40+ offered jab as PM ‘told social distancing can be scrapped at events’

Coronavirus in numbers

People aged 40 and over in England are now being invited to book their coronavirus jabs after the NHS began sending text messages on Friday allowing them to arrange their vaccination appointments.

With people aged 42 to 44 having already been texted this week it means 2.5 million more people have been invited for their jab.

The expansion of the vaccine rollout comes as the latest data showed an estimated 91.5 per cent of people aged 45 and over in England had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine by 25 April, and just over four-in-five aged 70 and over had been given both doses.

Meanwhile, a report said the prime minister will be told that social distancing for large events can be scrapped from June after results from a trial found no spike in cases among those who attended. 

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Over 40s offered Covid vaccine

NHS England said that text messages will be sent out from Friday to 40 and 41-year-olds allowing them to arrange their vaccination appointments.

With people aged 42 to 44 having already been texted this week it means 2.5 million more people have been invited for their jab, it added.

The expansion of the vaccine rollout comes as the latest data showed an estimated 91.5 per cent of people aged 45 and over in England had received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine by 25 April, and just over four-in-five aged 70 and over had been given both doses.

The government’s target is to have offered a jab to all UK adults by the end of July.

Tom Batchelor30 April 2021 08:50
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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s coverage as the vaccine rollout in England is extended to those aged 40 and over.

Tom Batchelor30 April 2021 08:46

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