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Covid breakthrough: All over-30s eligible for jab in England due to ‘phenomenal' rollout


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Covid breakthrough: All over-30s eligible for jab in England due to ‘phenomenal' rollout
From today, people aged 30 and 31 in England are able to book their Covid-19 vaccine. Those aged 18 to 29 are set to receive their invitations next week – with those in their late 20s starting ahead of the rest of the group.
On Tuesday, Mr Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme is moving at such a phenomenal pace, and I am delighted that less than six months after Margaret Keenan received the first authorised jab in the world, we are now able to open the offer to everyone in their thirties and over.”

Dr Nikki Kanani, national medical director for primary care for the NHS in England, hailed the jab as the “most important” move in the prevention against the disease.

She said: “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid-19, with the jabs saving thousands of lives already.”

The news comes after research published by Public Health England (PHE) showed that the Pfizer vaccine has a 90 percent protection rate against the Indian variant.

The same study indicated that Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine carries a 60 percent protection rate against the mutant strain.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi welcomed the PHE findings and highlighted the importance of receiving the jab.

He said: “Almost every day we get more and more encouraging evidence about the difference our Covid vaccines are making to people’s lives – with 13,000 lives saved and 39,100 hospitalisations prevented overall.

“This data is astounding and a true reflection of just how important it is to get both your jabs when offered.”

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “This new evidence is groundbreaking – and proves just how valuable our Covid-19 vaccination programme is in protecting the people we love.”

The study also raised hopes that gruelling lockdowns will be a thing of the past.

Former cabinet minister Esther McVey added: “With the successful rollout of the vaccine – and its effectiveness against the Indian and other variants – there is absolutely no need for the government to put back it’s already cautious roadmap to reopen the economy.

“There is no justification in continuing to sacrifice our freedoms and the livelihoods of so many people when we have had one of the most impressive and extensive vaccination programmes in the world.”

Professor Dingwall, a sociologist at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The confirmation that, as expected, the current vaccines work effectively against the Indian variant, removes the last justification for delaying Step 4 or watering it down.”

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