COVID Vaccine extended to people aged 40 and over in England
The NHS has extended the offer of the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 40 and over in England. Text messages are being sent from today to 40 and 41-year-olds, directing them to the national booking service to book their jab appointment. Since the vaccine rollout began in December, about 34 million people have had at least one dose in the UK - nearly two-thirds of the adult population. More than 14 million people have now had two Covid jabs. In Haringey 94,869 people have had at least one COVID-19 jab to date (GLA figures). The extension of the rollout comes just days after vaccinations were opened to 42-year-olds in England.
A new study by Public Health England (PHE) (external link) has shown that one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduces household transmission by up to half. This new research shows that those who do become infected 3 weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine were between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than those who were unvaccinated. Protection was seen from around 14 days after vaccination, with similar levels of protection regardless of age of cases or contacts.
This protection is on top of the reduced risk of a vaccinated person developing symptomatic infection in the first place, which is around 60 to 65% – 4 weeks after one dose of either vaccine.
All eligible people should book their vaccine appointment without delay through the NHS Covid Vaccine booking site (external link)
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