People queue up for a Covid vaccination (Image: Joel Goodman)

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People aged 18 and over will be invited to book their Covid vaccines from tomorrow as the final adult age range is called up.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that all remaining adults in England will be able to book their jabs from Friday.

The NHS is set to contact young adults aged between 18 and 20 about getting their appointments.

Four out of five adults have now been offered their first dose, Mr Hancock told the NHS Confederation conference on Thursday.

He said: "The speed of deployment means that tomorrow we can open vaccination to everyone over the age of 18.

"I think that's an incredible achievement on the vaccination side."

People queue up for the vaccination
(Image: Joel Goodman)

It comes after the head of the NHS in England said that all adults should be able to book their first coronavirus jab by the end of the week.

Sir Simon Stevens told the NHS Confederation conference on Tuesday that the NHS will "finish the job" of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the "greatest extent possible" over the next four weeks during the extension of lockdown.

Yesterday Cabinet minister Liz Truss said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) was not recommending offering Covid-19 jabs to under-18s.

The International Trade Secretary told BBC Breakfast: "Of course the Government will look very closely at the JCVI's recommendations.

"It is my understanding that they are not recommending the vaccination of under-18s and we will be saying more in due course about that."

A volunteer draws the Astrazeneca vaccine
(Image: Getty Images)

The chance of getting Covid-19 after being vaccinated drops sharply 21 days following a first dose, new analysis suggests.

People who become infected post-vaccination are also less likely to have symptoms than those who test positive for the virus but who have not been jabbed.

The findings have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are based on a sample of adults who had received the vaccine up to May 31.

Vaccinations continue at the St John's shopping Centre Vaccination site in Preston
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

They suggest the risk of infection increases following a first dose, peaking at around 16 days.

There is then a "strong decrease" in risk up to around one month after the first dose, and the risk then declines slowly but steadily.

Rates of infection post-vaccination are likely to be very low, however.

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Out of a sample of 297,493 people vaccinated, 1,477 (0.5%) were subsequently found to have a new positive infection of Covid-19.

There was a very slight difference between whether the person had received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (0.8% of the total) and Oxford/AstraZeneca (0.3%).

From a sample of 210,918 adults who had received both doses of vaccine, just 0.1% were subsequently found to have a new positive infection.

Possible explanations for infection shortly after getting the vaccine include someone catching Covid-19 before they had received a jab, or exposure to Covid-19 at a vaccination centre, the ONS said.