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Over two-thirds of people aged between 65 and 69 have now had their first COVID vaccination, with people aged 64 also set to be called forward this week, NHS England has announced.

The confirmation comes after NHS England invited this group of people to be vaccinated last week, as the country continues with its ambitious vaccination rollout programme.

Anyone aged 65 to 69 who has not been vaccinated is now being urged to respond to their recent invite to get a vaccine at one of the more than 100 vaccination centres and almost 200 pharmacies across the country.

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Those in this age group are now eligible to receive the vaccine, with more than one million invitation letters having arrived in homes across England this week and online bookings open.

NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “The NHS COVID vaccination campaign continues full steam ahead – letters inviting everyone aged 65 to 69 went out a week ago, and already over two thirds of them have had their first COVID vaccination.

“Across England overall nearly a third of adults have now had their first jab, and early signs suggest this is contributing to the welcome fall in coronavirus hospitalisation that we’re now seeing.”

The fresh call to those aged 65 to 69 comes as invites for around 460,000 people aged 64 are due to land on doorsteps later this week, with this group of nearly half a million people set to be asked initially to book a slot at one of the larger vaccination centres.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock added: “Our vaccination programme is accelerating at unprecedented pace and in England we have now vaccinated over 14 million of those most vulnerable to COVID with their first dose.

“Every jab brings hope. Each jab means more of our loved ones will soon be protected from this awful virus and is another step forward in returning to normality in the future. I urge everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to come forward as soon as possible so we can beat this pandemic together.”

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