FROM TODAY everyone aged 40 and over across the West Midlands and the rest of England will be offered the Covid-19 jab.
It is the latest stage of the NHS Vaccination programme which continues to be rolled out at pace.
On Monday and Tuesday, 44-year-olds were invited by text for their vaccine, midweek it was those aged 42 and 43 and now anyone 40 and over.
Almost 750,000 appointments were made nationwide on Monday and Tuesday as the NHS began inviting 44-year olds followed by people aged 42 and 43 by text.
It means another 2.5million more people across the country have been invited for their jab.
The nationwide vaccination rollout began at University Hospitals Coventry on December 8.
NHS staff and volunteers across the Midlands have also fully vaccinated more than 870,000 people in the East Midlands and a further 1.1million people in the West Midlands with second doses.
Alison Tonge, the NHS England and NHS Improvement director responsible for overseeing the vaccination programme in the Midlands, said: ““We know that the most effective protection comes from having both doses of the vaccine, with over 2.1million people across the Midlands having benefited from both doses – and I encourage anyone who has an appointment booked for their second jab over the coming weeks to attend as planned to make sure they are fully vaccinated.”
How to book your vaccine when invited
When invited, people will be able to book in at a vaccination centre or pharmacy site through the national booking service.
The NHS currently vaccinates using three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, all of which have been approved as safe and effective by the world leading medical regulator the MHRA.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.