'Had my vaccine and I'm so grateful': Corrie's Sally Dynevor, 57, reveals she's had her COVID jab... joining younger stars including Nigella Lawson, 61, and Jo Whiley, 55, getting early injections
The actress, 57, has praised the health service for everything they do after she underwent the first of her two COVID-19 jabs on Tuesday.
Sally, who has played Sally Metcalfe on the ITV soap since 1986, took to Twitter to share with fans: 'Thank you so much to our NHS. Had my vaccine and I'm so grateful. Thank you for everything you do (sic)'.
A number of stars under the age of 65 - the current group being prioritised - have been called early to receive the vaccine and have taken to social media to detail the experience, including Nigella Lawson, 61, and Jo Whiley, 55.
A tweet on the Altrincham Healthcare Alliance Primary Care Network account revealed Sally and former England captain Bryan Robson were among more than 800 people receiving their coronavirus vaccines in the north west.
The message read: '@sallydynevor, one of 800+ receiving the COVID vaccine today, said 'it's the best day I've had for ages... a huge thank you to everyone.'
Sally's Corrie co-star Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan) recently urged all communities in the UK to have the coronavirus vaccine, after some conspiracy theorists wrongly claimed the vaccine contains meat and alcohol, which are banned in some religions.
He said: 'We are all living in such difficult times but COVID-19 has been affecting the Asian communities disproportionately.
'Whatever the reasons for that, whether they are social or medical, it is very important for us to firstly follow the guidelines and secondly embrace the vaccination programme.
'I know there has been an awful lot of misinformation, rumour and speculation about the vaccine but I can't stress how important the vaccine is in the battle against COVID.
'For the sake of yourself and your families, when you get contacted please please go for the vaccination.'
Last week, Ruth Langsford revealed she received the Covid-19 vaccine in Surrey. The TV presenter, 60, admitted she felt 'so grateful' to have the Oxford /AstraZeneca jab as she shared a photo of the experience on social media.
The vaccine is prioritised for citizens over the age of 65, but the Loose Women panellist revealed she was called early after receiving a message from the NHS.
Elsewhere, Jo blasted being offered the vaccine before her disabled sister who lives in a care home - and who has now reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
The 'fit and healthy' BBC Radio Two host, 55, says it is 'mind boggling' that she has been offered a jab before younger sister Frances - who has diabetes and complex learning difficulties.
And she would give up her vaccine 'in a heartbeat' in favour of it going to those in a situation such as her younger sister.
Frances, 53, suffers from a rare genetic syndrome called Cri du Chat - a chromosomal condition that results in delayed development.
She was moved into residential care in Northamptonshire in 2015 after her 'challenging behaviour' resulted in her needing specialist care.
But the former Radio One DJ said her 'blood ran cold' when she and her family were informed of a Covid outbreak at the care home. She is now calling for the Government to prioritise those with learning difficulties for the vaccine.
She also believes Frances, who is due to be vaccinated in priority group six as part of the 'all adults at risk' group, should have been vaccinated in group four due to her diabetes.
Speaking to Radio 4's Today Programme, which has since reported that Frances has tested positive for Covid, Ms Whiley said: 'We've done everything we can to try and facilitate the vaccine getting to people who need it most.
It was reported on Tuesday that ministers will be urged to vaccinate people by age and ethnicity rather than their job during the next phase of the jab roll-out.
The priority groups for vaccinations in the UK
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over
10. Rest of the population
Number 10's leading jab experts, who are due to meet this afternoon to finalise their recommendation, are expected to advise that the UK continues with its age-based approach after the nine most vulnerable groups are inoculated.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will also urge ministers to prioritise some ethnic minority groups, who are at a disproportionate risk of dying from Covid, The Telegraph reports.
Members are said to be particularly concerned about mortality rates among South Asians, who studies have shown are twice as likely to succumb to the virus as their white peers.
Both Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock have previously said teachers, police officers, shop owners and other key workers could be bumped up the priority list once the top groups have been jabbed.
But JCVI sources said last night prioritising people based on their occupation would 'create too much complication' and 'risk slowing the roll-out down'.
Officials have until now been focusing on vaccinating the top four vulnerable groups — everyone over the age of 70, NHS staff, care home residents and workers, and extremely ill adults.
Yesterday NHS England officially moved onto the second stage of the vaccine drive, inviting over-65s and 'clinically vulnerable' younger people. The programme will aim to give everyone over the age of 50 their first dose by the end of April.
NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens yesterday vowed to double the number of jabs being given in order for the Government to hit that target. It could see up to 1million doses dished out each day.