People 45 or over in England invited to book vaccine
People aged 45 or over in England will now be invited to get a Covid jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
The vaccination programme would then move on to everyone aged 40 or over “in line with supplies”, he added.
Appointments can be made onthe NHS booking website, which temporarily crashed on Tuesday morning when it opened up to the new age group.
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Moderna rollout begins at 21 sites
included the Madejski Stadium in Reading
England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation’s rollout.
It will be available at 21 sites, included the Madejski Stadium in Reading.
Last week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation - which advises the UK government on vaccines - recommended that under-30s be offered an alternative to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, out of the "utmost caution" following reports of blood clots in about four in one million cases.
Along with the Pfizer jab, Moderna offers an alternative to the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine for under-30s.
The NHS said the Moderna and Pfizer jabs would be used for under-30s who were due to receive the Astra Zeneca vaccine but whose appointments were rearranged.
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Half of people in England likely to have Covid antibodies says Office for National Statistics (ONS)
An estimated one in two people in England have antibodies to the coronavirus, according to a sample of the population in the week ending 28 March.
Antibodies against Covid can be found in the body after either a past infection or somebody had been vaccinated. They are proteins in the blood that recognise specific infections and fight them off.
The ONS said the figures varied across regions, with the West Midlands having the highest percentage of antibody positivity in England, and the North East had the lowest.
“There is a clear pattern between vaccination and testing positive for antibodies, however the detection of antibodies alone is not a precise measure of protection granted by vaccines," said the ONS.
“It is possible that antibody levels in some people are now too low to be detected by our tests but still high enough to grant a level of protection."