Most students will soon be able to receive the first dose of their coronavirus vaccination.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed today (June 17) that all adults over 18 would be able to book their coronavirus vaccination.
He also confirmed that four in five adults in England had received the first dose of vaccination; on Tuesday, the jab was rolled out to adults aged 21 and over.
Students will be able to receive the first dose of the jab at various sites across Nottingham, including Forest Recreation Ground and the Queen’s Medical Centre.
Their second dose, to be had between eight and 12 weeks later, can be booked for any location – meaning students will be able to receive it in Nottingham or at their non-term time home.
The announcement signals another step towards freedom with all adults now able to receive the first dose of their jabs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to vaccinate all over 18s in the country by July 18 – when they have also delayed the next easing of lockdown until.
The latest medical data shows two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are almost as effective against the Delta variant as against the Alpha one (the variant first identified in Kent). Just one dose of either only provides 33% efficacy, however.
Matt Hancock made the announcement as part of his speech to the NHS Confed Conference, saying: “As of this afternoon we have given a first dose of vaccine to four out of every five adults in the United Kingdom.
“And the speed of deployment means that tomorrow we can open vaccination to everyone over the age of 18.
“I think it’s an incredible achievement on the vaccination side.”