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People aged 65 to 69 who are yet to get their Covid-19 vaccination are urged to obtain their vaccines at one of the 200 community pharmacy-led sites or vaccination centres spread across the country.

“Anyone aged 65 to 69 who has not been vaccinated is now being urged to respond to their recent invite to get their life-saving jab at one of the more than 100 vaccination centres and almost 200 pharmacies across the country,” the NHS has said.

The fresh call to those aged 65 to 69 comes as invites for around 460,000 people aged 64 are due to land on doorsteps later this week, with this group of nearly half a million people set to be asked initially to book a slot at one of the larger vaccination centres.

Over two thirds of people aged between 65 and 69 have now had their first Covid-19 vaccination, after invites went out a week ago.

The people aged 64 also set to be called forward this week, NHS England has said in an update.

Anyone who is 65 or over can get an appointment in one of the vaccination centres by booking through the national booking service, as the NHS looks to help as many people in this age group get their jab and make use of available doses.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme is accelerating at unprecedented pace and in England we have now vaccinated over 14 million of those most vulnerable to Covid with their first dose.

“Every jab brings hope. Each jab means more of our loved ones will soon be protected from this awful virus and is another step forward in returning to normality in the future.

“I urge everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to come forward as soon as possible so we can beat this pandemic together.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The NHS is working tirelessly to vaccinate those most at risk as quickly as possible and we are moving through the priority list at rapid pace.

“The vaccination programme continues to expand and we are calling on everybody who is eligible to book their appointments as soon as possible.”

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