Vaccine available for all over-18s in England by end of the week, NHS boss expects
Sir Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, has said all adults in England are excepted to be able to book a Covid-19 jab “by the end of this week.”
He said the health service would “finish the job” of vaccinating people to the “greatest extent possible” over the next month.”
- Predicted that vaccines will be available for all adults by end of the week
- By July 19 NHS plans to have offered two-thirds of adults double jabs
- “Vaccine supply continues to be constrained”
He said: “It is now very important that we use the next four weeks to finish the job to the greatest extent possible for the COVID vaccination programme, which has been a historic signature achievement in terms of the effectiveness of delivering by the NHS – over 60 million doses now administered.
“By July 19 we aim to have offered perhaps two-thirds of adults across the country double jabs.”
Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference, he added that from today all 23 and 24-year-olds would be able to book an appointment.
“I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults age 18 and above,” added Sir Simon.
“Of course, vaccine supply continues to be constrained, so we’re pacing ourselves at precisely the rate of which we’re getting that extra vaccine supply between now and July 19.”
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