The NHS will begin inviting more adults who have not yet been called forward to receive their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine from tomorrow – on the six month anniversary of the largest vaccination programme in the history of our NHS starting right here in the Midlands.
90-year old grandmother Maggie Keenan blazed a trail for the world when she received the first Covid-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial at University Hospital Coventry on Tuesday 8 December 2020.
Since then, the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in history has gone from strength-to-strength, with NHS staff and volunteers in the Midlands now having delivered 6.3million first doses of the vaccine.
The Midlands has continued to lead the way throughout that time and recently became the first region in England to have delivered 10million vaccine doses, with more than 4.6million people in the Midlands now having also benefited from maximum protection after receiving a vital second vaccine dose.
And, as of 7am on Tuesday 8 June 2021, 25 to 29-year olds across the Midlands will start being invited by text message to receive their life-saving Covid-19 vaccines. Those same age groups will also be able to book their jabs online – even without an invite – from the same time.
As well as opening up invites for first doses, the NHS is continuing its efforts to ensure that people get their second dose of the vaccine which is vital to ensure maximum protection against the virus.
Trish Thompson from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Midlands vaccination team said: “The last six months have brought out the absolute best in our NHS staff, volunteers and the communities we work with who have really come together to ensure that the Midlands has been able to continue to lead the way in rolling out the biggest vaccination programme in the history of our NHS.
“The vaccine is our single best defence in the fight against Coronavirus and we are delighted to be able to invite people aged 25 to 29 across the Midlands to come forward to receive their vaccines – as well as continuing to encourage those who have not yet received both doses to come forward.”
Tell your NHS: What does the vaccine mean to you?
NHS England and NHS Improvement is encouraging everyone in the Midlands to share what the vaccine means to them by sharing pictures or videos on social media using the hashtag #WhatItMeansToMe
Each and every submission will be considered to form part of a virtual celebration of the Midlands’ vaccination programme, which NHS organisations across the East and West Midlands plan to unveil in unison on the 73rd birthday of the NHS on Monday 5 July.
How to book your vaccination
When invited, people will be able to book at one of almost 350 vaccination centres, pharmacy or general practice sites across the Midlands that are available through the national booking service.
Text invitations, which do not expire, appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment. People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.