Image: A COVID-19 vaccination centre in Nottingham.

From today, people in Nottinghamshire aged 40-41 are being contacted to book their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Text messages are being sent out and people who will be able to book their jabs directly through the national booking service.

Nottinghamshire residents aged 42 to 44 have already received their vaccine invitation in the past week – this group alone means another 2.5 million people across the country have been vaccinated.

Video: The vaccination centres around Nottingham.

In the UK, 35 million people have already received their first dose of the vaccine, on-track with the government’s vaccination plan.

The government is aiming to vaccinate all adults in the UK by the end of July – another 21 million people.

“It’s a big relief to finally be offered the vaccine!”

DEBBIE HANNEY, NOTTINGHAM RESIDENT

Priority groups, including care home residents, front line health workers and medically vulnerable people have also already received their vaccines.

Audio: Debbie Hanney speaks about her excitement at being offered the vaccine today.

Despite this, Nottingham reportedly has one of the lowest vaccine uptake rates outside of London, with only 89% of the over-50s in the city having had their first dose.

Debbie Hanney, from Nottingham, received her vaccine invitation today and said: “It’s a big relief to finally be offered the vaccine as I’ve been feeling so nervous about it.”

“I was eager to get it as so many of my friends and colleagues who are older have been getting it… Hopefully we can have some normality soon and get the whole country vaccinated!”

You can book your coronavirus vaccine if you are eligible directly through the NHS website or through the link in your text message.

Jabs can be booked at multiple vaccination sites across the city, including:

  • Nottingham City Hospital
  • Queen’s Medical Centre
  • Cripps Medical Centre
  • King’s Meadow Campus on Lenton Lane
  • The Forest Recreation Ground
  • Richard Herrod Leisure Centre in Carlton
  • Gamston Community Centre