Over 18s queue to receive Covid vaccine after flocking to jab centre as Brits urged to get vaccination

OVER 18s have been queueing up to receive their Covid vaccine as Brits are urged to get their vaccination. 

Britain’s vaccination programme opened up to all over 18s in the UK yesterday, and young adults have been making the most of the opportunity to get their jabs. 

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Brits in their late teens and twenties have been seen in long snaking queues outside London vaccination centres as the latest round of jabs was opened up.

In Brent, hundreds of adults began queueing at 8am with up to 2,700 vaccinations available at the Bridge Park Community Centre. 

Another mass vaccination drive at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium saw scores of teens waiting patiently for their first dose against Covid.

All adults in the UK can now book a Covid-19 vaccination online.

It marks the home stretch for Britain’s hugely successful vaccination blitz. 

This week, lead for the NHS Covid vaccination programme Dr Emily Lawson said: "The largest ever NHS vaccination campaign is in the home stretch of the first dose rollout.

"The vaccine is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your friends and family so it's really important everybody in the latest eligible groups books themselves in to get their jab and plays their part in this huge national effort."

The vaccine push is seen as all the more vital as some UK scientists warn that a third Covid wave is underway due to the Delta variant, with daily cases tipping over 10,000 this week. 

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said: "We're almost at the final hurdle of offering lifesaving jabs to all UK adults, with both vaccines providing the fullest possible protection against symptoms, serious illness and hospitalisation from this awful virus and moving us a step closer to beating this pandemic."

New infections soared by 79 per cent this week. 

Alongside the vaccination drive in young adults, surge testing has been put in place across parts of south London and Cumbria in a bid to combat the variant first identified in India. 

People who live in London’s Lambeth borough are now strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 PCR test, whether they have symptoms or not. 

Further Covid testing will help fight the variant’s spread, keeping Britain on track to fully unlock on July 19.

And everyone aged 12 to 30 who lives, works or studies in Cumbria is also urged to get tested, whether symptomatic or not.

A total of 75,953 confirmed and probable cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have now been identified in the UK, Public Health England said.

The most recent data shows 99 per cent of the confirmed cases of coronavirus this week have been this variant that originated in India.

It is now the dominant variant circulating in the UK. 

Yesterday saw a slight drop in daily cases, with 10,476 recorded and a further 11 deaths.

But Covid boffs said that despite the growing Delta variant figures, the outlook was positive, with the peak of the third wave expected in a matter of weeks.

Four in five adults in the UK have already had their first dose but the race is on to reach all eligible Brits before the expected lifting of restrictions next month.

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