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Over-70s Without Vaccine Can Contact NHS

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Senior citizens aged 70+ in England who have not received a vaccine but would like one have been asked to contact the NHS.

A new national vaccine-booking system allows those over 70 to book a vaccine appointment online or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm.

The UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, urged people to get a Covid vaccine “without delay”.

He claimed that the vaccines are working very well against the “immediate threat” of the Kent variant that has begun circulating the UK.

Furthermore, he gave assurances that the South African variant – which is likely less vulnerable to vaccines – is not the UK’s most dominant variant in circulation and there was “no reason to suggest it will catch up or overtake our current virus in the next few months”.

As of the 8th of February, there have been 147 positive cases of the South African variant across the UK.

The new booking system will allow anyone who has not been contacted by the NHS or has been unable to book a vaccine to be given the opportunity to be vaccinated. This is intended to allow the Government to reach its target of 13.8 million vaccinations for people in the most vulnerable groups by the 15th of February.