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People in their 20s appear to be 'jumping' the queue as millions scramble to book an earlier second dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Over-50s were previously invited to bring forward their second jab as soon as possible but people in their 20s say they were able to take advantage of the new rules and rebook as well.
The NHS has asked people not to rebook their appointments unless invited.
Second jabs were taking place about 12 weeks after the first dose, but the Government has cut the wait to accelerate the rollout amid the spread of the Delta variant and hit a target of offering a vaccine to every adult in the UK before the end of July.
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Over-50s were previously invited to bring forward their second jab as soon as possible
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An online booking system has been tweaked to include a new availability checker, which means people will be able to see which slots are available for their second jab before cancelling an existing appointment.
One 25-year-old told the Independent they were able to bring their jab forward by two weeks and closer to their home.
Others in younger age groups have written on Twitter saying they were able to rebook and close the gap between their doses.
A man claiming to be 29 wrote: “If you’ve recently had the Moderna jab, worth cancelling and rebooking your 2nd dose.
"I just did and am now getting my 2nd dose 15 days earlier than originally planned.”
Another user said he was "under 32" and shortened his wait by three weeks.
On Monday, Boris Johnson said the Government would “accelerate” second jabs for over-40s, cutting the wait from 12 weeks to eight.
Downing Street confirmed all over-18s in England will be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this week.
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An NHS spokesperson said: “On advice of the JCVI, the NHS is contacting people aged 40 and over to bring forward their second vaccination.
“No one needs to contact the NHS – you only have to rebook your second dose if you’re invited to do so.”
Meanwhile, a new study has found Covid-19 cases are “rising exponentially” across England and the reproduction (R) rate has climbed to as high as 1.44.
The rise in cases is driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists tracking the epidemic.
A study commissioned by the Government found that infections have increased 50 per cent between May 3 and June 7, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant which was first detected in India and is now dominant in the UK.
People queue to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in Bolton
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Data from nearly 110,000 swab tests carried out across England between May 20 and June 7 suggests Covid-19 cases are doubling every 11 days, with the highest prevalence in the North West and 1 in 670 people infected.
The data comes as MPs approved the extension of coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19, although Boris Johnson suffered a major rebellion from members of his own party over the delay.
The experts from Imperial College London said their findings show a “rapid switch” between the Alpha (Kent) variant, which first appeared in the UK in September 2020, and the Delta variant in the last few weeks, with the latter accounting for up to 90 per cent of all coronavirus cases.
But they stressed that the country is in a much different position than autumn last year when an exponential growth triggered a second wave of coronavirus infections.