A large virtual queue has formed on the NHS website as people over the age of 25 are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination from today.
When attempting to book a jab on the website, a page appears which says that a large amount of people are currently trying to book an appointment.
It reads: “You are in a queue. Lots of people are trying to book an appointment at the moment. We will tell you where you are in the queue and your estimated wait time shortly.”
One person in the queue said she had waited over half an hour and had still not been given a queue number or estimated wait time.
This comes as all over-25s in England – an estimated three million – are invited to book their jab from today, June 8.
Matt Hancock signalled the start of the final stage of the vaccination programme, with under-30s the final cohort on the vaccine priority list.
The NHS hailed the “home straight” of the biggest vaccination programme in its history, which launched just six months ago.
Grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first patient in the world to receive a Covid-19 jab outside of a clinical trial.
The 91-year-old retired jewellery shop assistant made history when she received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Coventry on December 8 2020.
The NHS has spearheaded the successful campaign, which has seen more than half of all adults fully jabbed and more than three quarters given their first dose.
Mr Hancock told MPs: “From this week we will start offering vaccinations to people under-30, bringing us ever closer to the goal of offering a vaccine to all adults in the UK by the end of next month.
“From tomorrow morning we will open up vaccination to people aged 25-29. Over the remainder of this week the NHS will send texts to people in these age groups and of course GPs will be inviting people on their lists to come forward.”
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Today is a watershed moment as the world-beating NHS vaccination programme enters the home straight of our race to offer everyone their first dose.
“The NHS vaccination programme is a real team effort and it is a testament to NHS teams across the country that we are able to open up to people in their 20s just six months on from delivering that world-first jab to Maggie Keenan.
“The tireless efforts of NHS staff to protect the people they care for and their communities has quite simply saved lives, and when you get the text, you’re next.
“Getting the lifesaving Covid-19 jab is the most important thing you can do, with NHS staff vaccinating at over 1,600 sites, including vaccine buses, places of worship, sport stadiums and other convenient locations. So when you get that text, book your appointment and join the millions who are already protected.”