FORTY four-year-olds in Lancashire are being invited to book their coronavirus vaccinations.

Around half a million 44-year olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service from today.

Meanwhile, the NHS says that the decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out in the coming days as supply allows.

Covid-19 Vaccination Director for Lancashire and South Cumbria Jane Scattergood said: “It is testament to the hard work of NHS staff, our volunteers and partners, that we are now able to vaccinate people in the next age group.

“If you are aged 44, when you are invited to do so, please do book your jab as appointments become available, it is simple, effective and provides vital protection against coronavirus.”

Since the vaccination rollout began in December, more than 28 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, 63.8 per cent of the total population of adults aged over 18.

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.

Health workers have also carried out more than ten million second doses and is reminding people to attend their second dose to ensure they receive maximum protection.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Thanks to NHS staff, people aged 45 to 49 have been hot on the heels of millions of people most at risk who were quick to take up the offer of a vaccine, with more than two-thirds getting their lifesaving jab, marking another medically important milestone in the biggest vaccination campaign in NHS history.

“When the time comes, and you get that text, book an appointment to get your vaccine – it is the best protection you and your loved ones will receive from this deadly virus.”

For more information on the Lancashire and South Cumbria Vaccination Programme visit