The Sunday Telegraph

Eight jabs a second booked by young in vaccinatio­n push

- By Dominic Penna

EIGHT Covid jabs a second were booked by 18-to-20-year-olds in the final push to get every adult vaccinated.

A total of 721,469 appointmen­ts were booked on Friday as the NHS bookings system opened up to everyone over 18.

Even more vaccinatio­ns were arranged in practice, as that figure does not include appointmen­ts made at GP surgeries or walk-in centres.

It comes after 692,299 appointmen­ts were made on Tuesday, when 23 and 24-year-olds became eligible.

Confirming a four-week delay to the lifting of the final coronaviru­s restrictio­ns, Boris Johnson spoke of “a few more crucial weeks to get those few remaining jabs into the arms of those who need them”.

Five million appointmen­ts have been booked since June 8, when the under 30s became eligible.

“It’s incredible to see the enthusiasm young people are showing,” said Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary. “It is a testament to the fantastic work of the team in keeping as many people safe from Covid-19 possible.”

According to the latest data, more than four in five adults (80.6 per cent) have now had their first dose of a vaccine, while 58.7 per cent of people in the UK have had both doses.

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