The approval of the Oxford vaccine is great news for everyone.
It will protect people from this dreadful disease, starting with the most vulnerable.
We know older people are more vulnerable and our wonderful NHS have been working hard, vaccinating thousands of care home residents with the existing Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, including the Chelsea Pensioners.
But the new Oxford vaccine is much better suited to reach all of our care homes – and I’m determined that care home residents and staff are at the front of the queue.
So the NHS is providing an additional £10 per dose for all vaccines delivered in care homes in January – to support the roll out and underline the importance of getting this vital protection to where it is needed most.
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I’m proud that Britain is the first country in the world to authorise these vaccines, and I’m so grateful to NHS colleagues for the huge effort to vaccinate people as fast as possible, while also dealing with everything else they do in this difficult time.
Even as we accelerate the roll out of vaccines, so too we must all play our part to control the spread of this vicious virus.
So I ask everyone to continue playing their part by following the rules, and protecting their loved ones with the basics of hands, face, space, and keeping social interaction to a minimum.
That way we will get through this together, and 2021 can be a year of renewal.