Matt Hancock announces 25-29-year-olds to be offered vaccines

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed people between the age of 25-29 will be eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine from Tuesday morning. His announcement comes as the UK presses on in vaccinating as many people as possible ahead of June 21 lockdown easing date.

The Health Secretary said: “I am delighted to be able to tell the house that from this week we will start offering vaccinations to people under 30.

“From tomorrow morning we will open up vaccination to people aged 25-29.

“Over the remainder of this week, the NHS will send texts to people in these age groups.

“And of course GP’s will be inviting people on their lists to come forward.”

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He added: “I am sure that we have all be cheered by the images of so many eligible young people coming forward and lining up to get the jab.

“Showing that the enthusiasm for the jab is not just the preserve of older generations.

“People of this country know what it takes to keep themselves and the people around them safe.

“The latest estimates indicate the vaccination programme has averted over 39,000 hospitalisations and over 13,000 deaths.”

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He added: “So the vaccination brings us hope.

“And I am sure the whole house will join me in thanking people for their perseverance and patience as they have waited for their turn.”

But he warned: “Mr Speaker, for all this great progress – there is no room for complacency.

“The Delta variant first identified in India has made the race between the virus and this vaccination effort tighter.”

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He warned: “Although the size of the growth advantage of the delta variant is unclear – the recent best scientific estimate is an advantage of at least 40%.”

There were ZERO covid deaths recorded in the UK in the past 24-hours.

While a total of 387,286 vaccinations were administered in the UK yesterday.

Over 99,000 first doses and 217,491 second doses were given out in the last 24-hours.

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