Almost 500,000 vaccine appointments have been booked by noon on Tuesday in a “Glastonbury-style” rush after the rollout was expanded to 25- to 29-year-olds in England, the NHS mentioned.
The Nationwide Reserving Service noticed 493,000 slots reserved, 5 hours after eligibility was widened to the over-24s.
It’s greater than double the quantity booked yesterday and equates to about 100,000 bookings an hour.
Sir Simon Stevens, the chief govt of NHS England, mentioned: “This encouraging Glastonbury-style rush for appointments has already now seen a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals between 25 and 29 e book in for his or her NHS Covid jabs, as extra vaccine provides proceed to return on line.
“Pleasingly, this implies robust enthusiasm for vaccination amongst folks of their 20s, following exhausting on the heels of the hundreds of thousands of others who’ve already taken up our supply.”
The well being secretary, Matt Hancock, mentioned: “I’m completely thrilled younger folks have come ahead for the jab in full power right this moment. Now we have one of many highest vaccine uptake charges on this planet and these newest reserving figures are testomony to this.”
Nonetheless, many younger folks reported issues with the reserving web site this morning, with some posting screenshots to social media exhibiting an error message telling them that they’re “not at present eligible to e book by means of this service”.
It directs them to name the 119 helpline to attempt to e book a vaccination. Others reported being informed they have been in a queue of hundreds.
A spokesperson for NHS Digital mentioned: “Massive numbers of individuals are at present reserving their vaccine appointments by means of the NHS web site, which suggests it’s possible you’ll want to attend in a queue.
“We all know that some folks have been receiving an ineligible message when attempting to e book, which is being fastened now, so please retry.”
The vaccine reserving web site has suffered glitches beforehand, together with crashing in April after appointments have been being opened as much as the 45s and over.
Elsewhere, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Better Manchester, urged the federal government to hurry up vaccine provides to his area to permit it to run a “surge vaccination programme”.
He spoke after the federal government introduced that surge testing will likely be prolonged in Better Manchester and Lancashire in response to the rise in Covid instances in these areas.