The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, has delivered life-saving jabs to half of all adults in England aged under 30.
More than 4.2 million people aged 18 to 29 have received a jab just three weeks after the programme was opened to those in their twenties.
The new figures come as the NHS has opened hundreds of walk-in services where people can be vaccinated without a booking, and senior medics and vaccinators have urged those not yet jabbed to ‘Grab A Jab’ this weekend.
NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to make jabs convenient for young adults.
Walk-in sites at sports grounds including the home of Newcastle Eagles Basketball, Watford’s Vicarage Road, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Edgbaston cricket ground have been stood up this weekend, while roving vaccination buses are operating in Dudley, Colchester, Ipswich and elsewhere.
The walk-in sites come on top of the 1,700 NHS vaccine centres, GP and pharmacy led services.
The NHS has made it easier than ever before to get a vaccine and launched a new online service that lets people find their nearest walk-in centre for a jab by simply entering their postcode.
More than one million bookings were made between Monday and Wednesday this week, as demand for the vaccine continues following the expansion to all adults.
Over 63 million vaccinations have been delivered by the NHS since making history when Margaret Keenan received the first jab outside of a clinical trial in Coventry, just 200 days ago.
NHS England director of primary care Dr Nikki Kanani said:
More than four in five adults have now received their first jab and over 60% of people are already fully vaccinated after getting both doses.
The NHS is contacting people aged 40 and over to bring forward their second dose in line with updated JCVI advice.
All adults can book at one of the 1,700 vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
Source: NHS England