OVER-70s and “extremely vulnerable” Brits and are now being encouraged to contact the NHS if they have not yet had the Covid vaccine.
Here’s everything you need to know about over-70s getting the vaccine.
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Over-70s are now being offered the coronavirus vaccineCredit: PA:Press Association
When will over-70s get the Covid vaccine?
The coronavirus vaccine has been offered to all over-70s in Britain since January 18.
Anyone over the age of 70 is now eligible to chase up with the NHS, as they should be covered by their first dose as soon as possible.
Until now, vulnerable Brits were asked to wait to receive a call or a letter which will give details on how to book a slot at one of the vaccination centres.
The self-referral for Covid jabs is a radical shift in the NHS vaccination policy.
The government plans to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-FebruaryCredit: The Press Association
What is the priority order for the Covid vaccine?
So far, more than 12 million people in the UK have received the vaccine.
The rapid pace of rollout means the aim of vaccinating the top four priority groups, including all over 70s, is set to be achieved three days ahead of the February 15 target, according to analysis by the Spectator.
The Government has a list of nine high-priority groups it aims to get through before the general population will get vaccinated.
The nine priority groups are:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
Every adult (over 18s) should be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News on Sunday.
How do I check when I get the vaccine?
Omni’s vaccine queue calculator will estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue to get a Covid vaccine in the UK.
It also predicts how long you might have to wait to get your first and then second dose.
All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.
It’s based on the Government’s priority list and the likely rate of vaccination.
The tool assumes that one million people will be vaccinated in a week, which would take just over two years to vaccinate everyone.
Adjusting this to two million per week would mean everyone is inoculated in a year.
At the current pace, 1.5 million people are being vaccinated per week, based on the number of doses given in the week January 11 to January 18.
Omni also predicts 70 per cent of people accept their jab offer, based on flu vaccine uptake, but in reality this could be lower.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby receiving his vaccineCredit: PA:Press Association
How will I be contacted to get the Covid vaccine?
The NHS will get in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated – you do not contact them beforehand.
As soon as it’s your turn to get the vaccine, you will be invited either by phone or letter.
But now over 70s can contact the NHS if they have not yet had the Covid vaccine.
You will need to be registered with a GP surgery in order to receive the vaccine.