Adults aged 49 and younger who have not yet received a complete set of coronavirus vaccines will no longer be able to take advantage of the offer after the deadline next week. The NHS has announced that the last day for people in this age group to visit a vaccination site for their primary doses will be Sunday, February 12, with hundreds of thousands of appointments available for booster shots.
Following this date, the vaccines will only be given to people who are thought to be at high risk of serious illness, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Next week, 2,800 sites will open across the country, with 391,000 appointments available before the program is scaled back.
According to the NHS, 15,000 people have booked a Covid vaccine for next week, after 17.3 million people received a booster shot over the winter. Since the pandemic’s start, 144.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in the United Kingdom.
Coronavirus infections in the United Kingdom have dropped for the fourth week in a row, reaching levels not seen since the beginning of last autumn. Conditions are not decreasing across all age groups, with increases in England among primary and secondary school children and people aged 35 to 49.
The recent drop in coronavirus patients in hospitals has also halted, with health experts expressing “concern” that the number may increase.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 941,800 people in private households in the UK were likely to have Covid-19 in the week ending January 24, a 15% decrease from 1.1 million the previous week. It is the lowest total for the United Kingdom since the week ending September 14, 2022.