COVID-19 booster vaccinations will begin to be offered across the UK from next week.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunology (JCVI) recommended that around 30 million people should be offered the third dose.
The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously, with those eligible receiving their booster from six months after their second doses. They include:
The move will ensure the protection vaccines provide for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be maintained over the winter months.
The latest data from Public Health England and Cambridge University shows vaccines have saved more than 112,300 lives and prevented 143,600 hospitalisations and 24 million cases in England.
Data published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week shows people who have not been vaccinated account for around 99 per cent of all deaths involving COVID-19 in England in the first half of this year.
The NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn.
The NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies following the announcement this week that young people, aged 12 to 15, are to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, it is reported.
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, has a teenage child. He said:
"If your 12 to 15 year old child has underlying health concerns, the advice is clear – take the vaccine when it’s offered to you.
"For parents of children without underlying health concerns, it’s potentially a more difficult decision.
"While I can’t make parents’ minds up for them, I can tell you what I will do, and that is to give consent for my teenage child to receive the vaccination.
"I’d encourage parents to talk with their child about the decision and why the Chief Medical Officers are recommending that the vaccine is offered to them."