How to book Covid vaccine: New slots released for people aged 38 and 39

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More than two-thirds of the adult population (67.8 percent) has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to date. Additionally, 35 percent of the population has received two vaccine doses as of May 11. The vaccine has been offered to all of the top nine priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), so the NHS is now working through the rest of the adult population.

Who is now eligible for a Covid vaccine?

People considered clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable are eligible to book their vaccine appointments, as are people with learning disabilities, carers and frontline health and social care workers.

All people aged 38 and above are also eligible now to book their Covid vaccine appointment, it was announced this week.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our incredible vaccination programme has already saved thousands of lives and has helped to significantly reduce hospital and infection rates, allowing us to begin safely easing restrictions.

“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic and I’m delighted we are now inviting people aged 38-39 to get their jabs.

“I urge everybody to get the vaccine as soon as they are eligible to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

The online NHS guidance states people who will turn 38 before July 1, 2021, are eligible to book their vaccinations.

In the UK, it is advised people under the age of 40 receive an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

This is due to a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare incidences of extremely rare blood clots, some of which affect the brain.

People under the age of 40 will be offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Pregnant women are also able to access the online booking site from Thursday.

People aged 38 to 39 should be sent a text message inviting them to book their vaccine appointment.

According to the BBC, text invitations will appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a link to the NHS website.

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How do you book a Covid vaccine?

The NHS vaccine booking service HERE can be used online to book appointments.

Booking opened at 7am on Thursday and the website may place people in a queue due to high demand.

When using the online service, people will need to book both their vaccine appointments at the same time.

The second vaccine dose should be administered 11 to 12 weeks after the first dose was given.

When booking their vaccines, people will be asked to enter their NHS number, but it is possible to book the appointments without this.

People may be offered vaccine appointments at a local vaccination centre, pharmacy or GP services.

It is also possible to book a Covid vaccine appointment by calling 119.

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