The rollout of the Covid vaccination programme is well underway across the UK, with healthcare workers, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and the over-50s having now been offered the jab.
But when will the over-40s be offered a jab?
Here’s what you need to know.
When will the over 40s be vaccinated?
All over-50s in the UK have now been invited for their first Covid vaccination dose, with those under the age of 50 to be vaccinated in order of age, with the 40-49 years being offered a jab first, followed by the 30-39 age group and then those aged between 18-29.
Those aged over 40 in England are now being invited to book their first Covid vaccine dose.
Those in the eligible age group can now book their vaccine on the NHS website, but can only do so if they’re aged 40 or over or if they will turn 40 before 1 July 2021.
In Scotland, some under-30s are now being invited to receive a vaccine. You will receive a letter or phone call with your appointment details when you are eligible to receive a Covid vaccine.
The Government is aiming for all adults to have received at least one Covid vaccination by the end of July.
Will people under the age of 30 receive the AstraZeneca jab?
It was announced on 7 April that those aged under 30 in the UK are to be offered an alternative Covid vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab, due to emerging evidence linking it to rare blood clots.
The government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said that when the UK’s vaccine rollout is widened to the rest of the population, healthy adults aged between 18 and 29 who have no underlying health conditions or risks from Covid, should be offered an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab, where available.
This comes after a review by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found that 79 people had suffered rare blood clots after vaccination. Of the 79 cases, 19 people have died - three of which were aged under 30.
However, the regulator had said that this was not proof the jab had caused the clots.