The UK’s Covid vaccination programme rollout is continuing to progress, with those in younger age groups gradually being invited for the jab.
But when will those in the under-40 age groups be invited for a vaccine?
Here’s what you need to know.
When will the under 40s receive a Covid vaccine?
In the second phase of the vaccination rollout programme, the vaccine is being offered to those under 50 years old in the following order:
- 40 to 49 years
- 30 to 39 years
- 18 years and over
In England, those aged 40 and over are now being invited to receive a Covid vaccine.
According to the NHS, you can get the Covid-19 jab in England if:
- you’re aged 40 and over
- you will turn 40 before 1 July 2021
If you’re eligible, you can book your appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides Covid-19 vaccinations.
You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Those in the 30-39 age group will then begin to be invited for their Covid vaccine after all those in the 40-49 age group have been invited to receive a jab.
In Scotland, people aged 18 to 49 will be invited to get their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of July, depending on vaccine supply.
Those aged 40 to 49 will be invited forward next, followed by 30 to 39 year olds and then 18 to 29 year olds.
Those who have already been invited or are currently being invited to be vaccinated are:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- front line health and social care workers
- clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- everyone aged 50 and over
- those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all adults with a learning disability – mild, moderate, severe and profound
- unpaid carers aged 16 to 64
- household contacts of those who are severely immunosuppressed
- adults experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping
People aged 16 and 17 can also receive the vaccine if they are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, or as having a specific underlying health condition
In Wales, everyone aged 30 to 39 are now being invited to receive a Covid vaccine, alongside remaining adults aged 40-49,
In some areas, some people aged under 30 are also being invited to receive a Covid vaccination, but this depends on your local health board.
You should contact your local health board if you think you should have had a vaccine appointment by now and may have been missed.
In Northern Ireland, those aged 30 and over can currently book their Covid vaccination appointments at a regional vaccination centre - if they have not already been invited to receive the vaccine by their GP.
After this, those in the 18-29 age group will be invited to receive their vaccine.
Most adults under the age of 40 in the UK will be given an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, due to a link with rare blood clots.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is the UK's medicines safety regulator, says there have been 242 clotting cases and 49 deaths, with 28.5 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine administered.
However, the risk is slightly higher in younger age groups.
Low levels of Covid cases in the UK, and the availability of alternative vaccines, has therefore informed the decision to offer those under the age of 40 the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, where possible.