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Covid vaccine: Boris Johnson unveils new rule for over 40s -When will I get a second dose?

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Covid vaccines have been a lifeline in the fight against coronavirus. After a successful rollout of vaccines, the UK government has made the decision to change the 12-week rule for second doses.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed plans to speed up the Covid vaccine rollout.

Previously, everyone was advised to get their second vaccine dose within 12 weeks of their first jab.

However, everyone over 40 years old should be receiving their second dose within eight weeks.

The dose interval had previously been shorted for everyone over 50, but that's now been extended to those over 40.

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Covid vaccine: When will I get my second dose?

Covid vaccine: When will I get my second dose? Boris Johnson unveils new rule for over 40s (Image: GETTY Images)

All over 40s will be offered their second dose ahead of the 12-week schedule.

People in their 40s can expect to be contacted to change their vaccine appointment date.

You won't need to speak to the NHS or your GP directly.

It means that two-thirds of adults should have been offered both doses by July 19.

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The government has also officially brought forward its July 31 target to offer a first dose to all over-18s in England.

Everyone should be offered their first Covid vaccine by July 19.

That's also the same date that remaining restrictions are set to be lifted in the UK, according to the updated roadmap.

It's now been revealed that Covid vaccines are "highly effective" against hospitalisation from the Delta variant.

Covid vaccine: More than 70m vaccines have been

Covid vaccine: More than 70m vaccines have been handed out in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 96 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses, with the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is 92 percent effective.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our UK vaccination programme continues at pace and has already saved thousands of lives. It is our way out of this pandemic.

“This evidence of the effectiveness of two doses against variants shows just how crucial it is to get your second jab.

"If you have had your first dose but haven’t booked your second yet – please do so. It will help save lives and boost us on the road to recovery.”

More than 70 million Covid vaccinations have been handed out to the UK public since the start of the pandemic.

Almost 30 million people have been given both vaccine doses, according to the latest figures.

But, since March last year, more than 150,000 people have died from coronavirus.

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