Anyone aged 50 or over can now get the Covid-19 vaccination, it was confirmed today.
On the 100th day of the vaccine programme, invitations are now going out nationally to millions of people aged 50 to 54.
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Just 100 days since the NHS gave the world’s first Covid jab outside of clinical trials, our vaccine programme passes another milestone as we now invite everyone aged 50 and over to book their vaccination.”
Today on YorkMix Radio Dr Mike Holmes, who heads up York’s vaccination effort, said: “We are going to meet the target of the over 50s well in advance of the the early April deadline set by the government.”
GP practices will be contacting over 50s, but they can also go online here to book an appointment.
Healthcare teams continue to urge anyone yet to be vaccinated to take up the offer.
Around two million additional text messages go out from today with a link allowing people also to pick a convenient slot at an NHS vaccine centre, or pharmacy-led service through the national booking service website.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119.
The text alerts will be followed up with 2.4 million letters landing on doorsteps later in the week.