With breaking news of three new Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon, we wanted to let you know the latest on when you’ll be able to receive them.
Care home staff and residents will be reportedly first in line; with a rollout as early as December planned by the government.
What vaccines have been developed?
Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have developed a vaccine that can prevent up to 90% of Covid infections, researchers announced today.
Teams at Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna also announced similar results for their new vaccines earlier in November.
The UK government has ordered batches of all three jabs, and will roll them out if they pass safety checks by the British medicines regulator.
When will the vaccines be available in the UK?
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he “hope[s]” to start rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in December.
The government also said last week that Pfizer/BioNTech “is expected to begin delivery as early as December 2020” subject to MHRA authorisation, though Moderna would be “available to the UK in spring 2021 at the earliest”.
Who will get the vaccine first?
Frontline health and social care workers (like Florence nurses and carers), as well as the elderly and the most vulnerable will receive the vaccine first.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has examined data on who suffers the worst outcomes from coronavirus and who is at highest risk.
It says says the order of priority for receiving the vaccine should be:
- Older adults in a care home and care home workers
- All those aged 80 and over, and health and social care workers
- Anyone 75 and over
- People aged 70 and over
- All those aged 65 and over
- High-risk adults under 65
- Moderate-risk adults under 65
- All those aged 60 and over
- All those 55 and over
- All those aged 50 and over
- The rest of the population, with priority yet to be determined.
The JCVI said the prioritisation could change if the vaccine is not deemed suitable for, or effective in, older adults.
Where can I get the vaccination?
Vaccination teams will visit care homes to administer the vaccine to staff and residents, according to the JCVI.
There will also be mass vaccination centres in major cities, and mobile and drive-through centres nationwide.
The NHS aims to complete immunising care home residents and frontline health workers by late February.
The above information is based on latest reports. It's subject to change, and we will continue to update this page as more information becomes available around the rollout of the vaccine.
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