NHS Borders has provided an update about the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the region.

According to the health board, more than 74,500 people in the Borders have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The UK Government website states that 79.5 per cent of the adult population in the Borders have now had their first jab.

An NHS Borders spokesperson said: “We are currently vaccinating those aged 30-39. If you are in this group and you are still awaiting your first dose appointment letter, please call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 to get your appointment details as clinics have now started.”

Next in line for the jab are people aged 18-29 with those in that age group able to register online or by phone.

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The deadline for registering is on Friday (June 4). Those who do not register will be sent their appointment details by letter “at a later date”.

Everyone under 40 years of age will receive the Pfizer vaccine in the Borders, according to the health board, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about the Oxford/AstraZeneca.

Revised JCVI advice also states that second doses for 18-59-year-olds will now be given within eight weeks of the first dose.

All second dose appointments for those aged 60 and over were scheduled prior to this change and will remain as scheduled.

NHS Borders says it is making “great progress” in administering second doses, with more than 50,000 people having had both jabs.

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Meanwhile, if you are a clinically extremely vulnerable individual (those who were shielding), have underlying health conditions or are aged 40 and over, you should have been invited for your first jab.

If you have not, call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 to schedule your appointment.

Also call the helpline if you received your first appointment by blue envelope, had your first dose before April 16 and are still awaiting your second dose appointment letter.