Coronavirus news UK – Jabs now offered to over 40s as UK sees lowest level of Covid cases since pandemic began

ALL over 40s are now eligible for their Covid jab after health bosses expanded the scheme to a million more adults.

NHS England said that text messages will be sent out from Friday to 40 and 41-year-olds allowing them to arrange their vaccination appointments.

But those in their 30s will have to wait until May 10 for their initial shot due to a vaccine supply bottleneck.

Officials have yet to take a decision on whether the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be limited to the over 40s.

Current advice is for people under 30 to be given alternative jabs if available, due to the risk of rare blood clots, but the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is now considering raising the age limit.

More than 34 million Brits have now had their first Covid jab, with a further 14 million having both shots.

NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens said nine in ten of all over-45s have now been vaccinated.

It comes as the UK sees the lowest level of Covid cases since the pandemic began.

But Brits have been warned NOT to book their summer holidays until the government fully explains its traffic light system.

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