Thousands of over-18s flock to get their Covid vaccines

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Queues “stretching miles” were spotted in London and Scotland as the NHS began offering jabs to over-18s. Footage from Troon in South Ayrshire showed a line of people queuing for up to three hours to use the town’s drop-in vaccination centre. Meanwhile in Stanmore, north London, there were long queues of people waiting to have their first dose.

A similar drive took place in nearby Camden where huge crowds of young people gathered for the jab.

It follows a one-off event at Twickenham stadium last weekend which saw officials attempt to shift 15,000 Pfizer doses to anyone aged over 18.

From today the country’s leading dating brands will add new features to their apps and websites to support the Government’s campaign to encourage younger people
to get a jab.

They includie Tinder, Match, Hinge, Bumble, Badoo, Plenty of Fish, OurTime and Muzmatch.

The new features will allow users to show their support for the jab on their dating profiles and give in-app bonuses to those who say they are vaccinated.

A recent YouGov poll also shows 31 per cent of adults would prefer to date someone who was vaccinated and a further 28 per cent would not date someone unless they had received the jab.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “I am thrilled that we are partnering up with dating apps to boost vaccine uptake across the country.

“I encourage everyone who is eligible to roll up their sleeves and get the jab – it could save your life and protect your loved ones.”

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