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NHS England is calling for people aged 56 to 59 to book a life-saving COVID vaccine this week as the NHS vaccination programme continues to gather pace.

According to the health service, more than 18 million people across England have now been vaccinated, equating to over one third of the adult population.

Letters to 850,000 people aged 56 to 59 began landing on doorsteps on Saturday, with another 850,000 due to land today (8th March).

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This is another positive step for mobility retailers as England continues to vaccinate more people ahead of the planned easing of restrictions, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the UK’s lockdown exit roadmap.

The latest invites have been sent after more than eight in 10 people aged 65 to 69 took up the offer of a jab.

Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS National Medical Director for primary care and a GP, said: “The NHS vaccine programme is committed to protecting the country against coronavirus and it is testament to our incredible staff that we can now move on to the next age group.

“We must not forget that our success in vaccinating more than 18 million people is down to careful planning and the hard work of those staff. The vaccines are both safe and effective, so if anybody who is eligible but hasn’t been vaccinated yet, I’d urge them to go online or call 119 and get themselves booked in.”

People receiving the letters are invited to go online to the national booking service to arrange a jab at a time and location that is convenient for them. If they are not able to go online, they can call 119 free of charge.

The NHS is vaccinating in line with JCVI guidance, which sees people invited to be vaccinated in order of risk, which increases with age and people aged between 50 and 55 are set to be invited shortly.

Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock added: “The NHS vaccination programme is in full swing and more than 21 million of the most at-risk people have already received their first dose.

“This includes more than 90% of those aged 65 and over and almost 9 in 10 people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. It’s an extraordinary feat and we remain on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by 31 July.

“We are now inviting people aged 56 to 59 to get their jabs and I urge everyone eligible to come forward as soon as possible.”

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, with the distribution of centres meaning 98 percent of the country lives within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.

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