Vaccines for people over 40 will begin this month as Britain delivers jabs to more than 20 million adults, The Telegraph reported on Monday.
Health officials are about to send the last batch of invites to those over 60, the report added.
At the same time, British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce an extra 1.65 billion pounds to fund the country’s fast vaccination rollout as part of his annual budget statement on Wednesday.
“Protecting ourselves against the virus means we will be able to lift restrictions, reopen our economy and focus our attention on creating jobs and stimulating growth,” Sunak has said in a statement.
Britain has so far given a first vaccination more than 20 million people, or more than one in three adults, Europe’s fastest vaccination rollout.
“The new money will continue to vaccinate the population and ensure every adult is offered a dose of a vaccine by July 31,” the ministry said.
A further 33 million pounds will be spent on vaccine testing and development to protect against future outbreaks and variants and 22 million pounds will fund a study to test the effectiveness of combinations of different COVID-19 vaccines.