A new TV advert’s been launched, encouraging under 50s to have their jabs when invited
People aged 50 and under are being urged to get their Covid-19 vaccine so the UK can “continue on the path back to normality”.
The push for people to take up jab offers comes as restrictions ease in Wales and Scotland, and as Britain sends more than 600 pieces of urgently-needed medical equipment to India following a devastating surge in coronavirus cases.
A UK Government campaign – called “every vaccination gives us hope” – sees the launch of a TV advert which will showcase the health workers and volunteers involved in the vaccination rollout across the UK.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the campaign will predominantly be aimed at people under the age of 50 who will be offered their first dose, as well as the over 50s who are booked in for their second dose, to encourage vaccine uptake.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Vaccines are helping us get back to doing the things we have missed – they protect you and those around you.
“This campaign is a remarkable and poignant reminder of everything we’ve been through as a country and everything we have to look forward to – as well as the tireless efforts of our volunteers, NHS heroes and the British people.
“Every vaccination gives us hope and I urge everyone to take up the offer of a vaccine when it comes, as we continue on the path back to normality.”
From Monday in England, people aged 44 will be invited to book their jab, with NHS England saying around half a million 44-year-olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service.
In Northern Ireland, the vaccine programme will fully open to all those aged between 35 and 39 from Monday.
Over the weekend, figures confirmed more than half of the UK’s total population has received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Government data up to April 24 shows that of the 46,253,754 jabs given in the UK so far, 33,666,638 were first doses – a rise of 142,215 on the previous day.
Meanwhile in Wales, Monday will see pubs, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses allowed to offer outdoor service again.
Organised outdoor activities will also be permitted for up to 30 people from Monday as well as outdoor wedding receptions for the same number, while outdoor visitor attractions can open.
It comes after other restrictions were eased on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.
In Scotland, cafes, restaurants and beer gardens can open from Monday, along with non-essential shops, gyms, swimming pools, libraries and museums.
Hospitality will need to close at 8pm indoors, with alcohol only allowed to be served outside.
People will be able to meet others for a meal or drink, with up to six people from two households allowed to socialise indoors in a public place.