HALF of all adults under 30 have had a jab — as the UK’s vaccination campaign breaks new records.
More than 4.2million Brits aged 18 to 29 have had their first dose, just three weeks after the programme was opened to twenty-somethings.
Figures released today show how new ground has been broken as the NHS opened hundreds of walk-in services where people can be vaccinated without a booking.
Senior medics have urged those not yet protected to “grab a jab” this weekend.
NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to make jabs easier for young adults.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “This is a phenomenal achievement and it’s fantastic to see so many young people coming forward for their jabs, doing their bit to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“I’d like to recognise the herculean efforts of all those who are working tirelessly to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and I’d urge everyone to get their jabs so we can beat this virus and reclaim all of our freedoms.”
As well as the walk-in centres, roving vaccination buses are operating in Dudley, in the West Midlands; Colchester, Essex; Ipswich, Suffolk; and at other towns and cities.
The NHS has also launched a new online service that lets people find their nearest walk-in centre for a jab.
More than a million bookings were made between Monday and Wednesday this week, as demand for the vaccine continues.
Over 63million vaccinations have been delivered by the NHS since making history when Margaret Keenan, 91, received the first in Coventry, just 200 days ago.
NHS England director of primary care Dr Nikki Kanani said: “If you are 18 and over, go along and grab a jab.
“With every vaccine in an arm, we are one step closer to our summer freedoms.”
More than four in five adults have now received their first jab and over 60 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The NHS is contacting people over 40 to bring forward their second dose in line with updated scientific advice.