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Brits in their 30s are reportedly set to be offered their Covid-19 vaccination within days as the next steps for the UK roll out continues.
This comes as the government is pushing closer to finalising a deal to purchase tens of millions more doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the Sunday Times reports.
Initially it was expected that the 35 to 39 age group would be invited to book their jabs for the second half of May but according to the Times this could now happen much sooner.
The 18 to 29 age group were then expected to be given their first shot during the rest of June and July, which may be brought forward as well.
Government sources told the Times they hope to double the original order of 40 million Pfizer vaccines, which will enable the elderly to receive a third booster in autumn.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told LADbible: "Our vaccination programme continues to make phenomenal progress - with over 45.5 million vaccines administered so far.
"As we've already said, we are preparing for a booster programme to take place later this year and we continue to plan for all scenarios.
"We hit our target to offer a vaccine to everyone in phase one of the vaccination programme and we are on track to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July."
#COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: Daily figures on the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been given in the UK.
As of 24 April, 45,580,400 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK.
Visit the @PHE_uk dashboard for more info:
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- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 24, 2021
Up to now more than 45.5 million vaccinations have been given with 33.5 million people being given their first dose and over 12 million having their second already.
The UK population is estimated to be around 66.7 million, so the latest figures show that more than half the population have now had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
At the moment, anyone aged 45 and over can still arrange their jab in England, as well as people who are clinically vulnerable or health and care workers.
Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery said: "It is an astonishing achievement that half of the UK population has now had at least one Covid-19 jab.
"In under five months, frontline NHS staff in trusts and primary care and volunteers have done an incredible job giving out over 33 million first jabs and more than 11 million second doses.
"We owe each and every one of them our thanks. We've made truly significant progress, but we've still got a long way to go until we reach our next major milestone of offering all adults their first jab by the end of July.
"In the meantime, we'd encourage everyone to have their Covid-19 vaccines when they are offered it and to continue following the rules on social contact.
"These measures are key to keeping Covid-19 infection rates under control and helping ensure this current lockdown is our last."