ALL adults in England can now book their Covid-19 vaccine, after booking opened up to 18 to 22 year olds this morning.

The move - which was called for by the NHS England chief Simon Stevens - means every adult in the country can now book their vaccine as the country enters the home straight in its vaccination programme.

Cases in unvaccinated young people have been behind the surge in Covid cases, and it's hoped that by getting all young people vaccinated in the next four weeks it can effectively bring an end to the Covid crisis in the UK.

As well as 18 to 22 year olds, all adults in older age brackets who have yet to book their vaccine are being urged to come forward and get the jab as soon as possible.

Speaking yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the NHS's organisation and delivery of the vaccine, calling their work "an incredible achievement".

He said: “Now that four in five adults in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and more than half of adults have had a second jab, we are entering the final furlong in our race against the virus.

“Vaccines save lives and have enabled us to restore many freedoms that we cherish.

“To allow us to ease restrictions fully, it is more important than ever that people come forward for their jabs when eligible and book a second dose to receive the fullest possible protection.”

Across the whole of the UK, 80 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of the vaccine so far, with 58 per cent fully vaccinated.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “I urge everybody to take up the offer as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones. We can beat this pandemic one jab at a time.”

People can book their vaccine by visiting the NHS Covid-19 website.