The deadline is approaching for those under 50 to get the full set of coronavirus vaccines

Next week marks the last chance for adults 49 and younger who have not yet received a full set of coronavirus vaccines to take advantage of the offer.

The NHS has said Sunday February 12 will be the last day people in this age group can attend a vaccination site to receive their primary doses, while hundreds of thousands of appointments will be available for booster shots.

After this date, vaccinations will only be offered to individuals considered to be at risk of severe disease, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).

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There are 2,800 sites open across the country next week, with 391,000 appointments available before the program scales back.

So far, 15,000 people have booked a Covid shot for next week, the NHS said, after 17.3 million people received a booster shot over the winter.

Overall, 144.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been delivered in Britain since the start of the pandemic.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay and NHS screening and vaccination director Steve Russell urged people to take the last chance to get the shot.

Mr Russell said: “There is only one week left of the fall booster campaign, so if you are eligible for a booster but have not yet taken your last dose, please do so before the end of next week.

“Whether you received previous doses or a covid outbreak, we know that a booster is the best way to maintain protection against serious covid illness for you and your loved ones, so make the most of the offer while it is available. and give yourself both protection and peace of mind for the coming year.”

Steve Barclay

Steve Barclay (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Mr Barclay added: “Our NHS staff and volunteers have done an amazing job putting the jabs on guns, and they are on hand to boost your immunity and keep you and your loved ones protected.”

Coronavirus infections in the UK have fallen for the fourth week in a row and are at a level last seen early last autumn.

Infections are not declining across all age groups, with increases in England among primary and secondary school children and those aged 35-49.

The recent drop in coronavirus patients at the hospital has also come to a halt, as health experts said there were “worrying” signs that the number could be starting to rise.

A total of 941,800 people in private households in the UK are likely to have had Covid-19 in the week ending January 24, down 15% from 1.1m the week before, according to the Office for Statistics. Nationals.

This is the UK’s lowest total since the week ending September 14, 2022.

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