The NHS Covid vaccination programme will start inviting remaining adults for their Covid-19 jabs from today (Tuesday), on the six month anniversary of administering the world-first approved jab.

The last group of adults will begin to be called forward for the first time today, with around 2.7 million people aged between 25 and 29 getting invited to book their first dose, with texts being sent from today (Tuesday) and national booking services updated at 7am.

Since the landmark moment on December 8th 2020, when 90-year-old grandmother Maggie Keenan from Coventry blazed a trail for the world, the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in history has gone from strength to strength with NHS staff delivering 57 and a half million lifesaving first doses to more than 75 per cent of the adult population.

More than half of adults are now fully vaccinated giving them maximum possible protection from coronavirus.

Anyone in the age groups now eligible for a vaccine is asked to book their jab once they receive the text message alert, with GPs also set to urge the newly-eligible to come forward, over the coming days.

Alongside opening up invites for first doses, the NHS is pushing a major drive on ensuring people get their second dose of the vaccine which is vital to get maximum protection against the virus.

Health service leaders and top medics are urging those asked to do so, to bring forward their second dose appointment.

NHS England chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said:

“Today is a watershed moment as the world-beating NHS vaccination programme enters the home straight of our race to offer everyone their first dose.

“The NHS vaccination programme is a real team effort and it is a testament to NHS teams across the country, that we are able to open up to people in their twenties just six months on from delivering that world first jab to Maggie Keenan.

“The tireless efforts of NHS staff to protect the people they care for and their communities has quite simply saved lives, and when you get the text, you’re next.

“Getting the lifesaving Covid-19 jab is the most important thing you can do, with NHS staff vaccinating at over 1,600 sites including vaccine buses, places of worship, sport stadiums and other convenient locations. So, when you get that text, book your appointment and join the millions who are already protected.”

When invited, people will be able to book at one of the 1,600 Vaccination Centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service. Vaccination centres are also available in convenient locations such as mosques, museums and rugby grounds.

The NHS made history when Maggie Keenan became the first person in the world to be protected against coronavirus outside of a clinical trial when she received the Pfizer vaccine at Coventry Hospital on 8 December 2020.

Text invitations, which do not expire, appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.