NHS patients are set to receive the Moderna vaccine today as the Government begins its next phase of the jab rollout.
The jab will be the third Covid vaccine to be dished out in Britain and will be available at 21 sites, officials confirmed.
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Along with the Pfizer jab, Moderna offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for under-30s, after concerns about a possible link to very rare blood clots.
And Wales and Scotland began using the Moderna vaccine last week.
Prof Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England, said having “a third jab in our armoury” marked another “milestone” in the vaccine programme.
He said more sites would offer the Moderna vaccine as further supplies arrive.
And he urged people to come forward for vaccination when they are invited, saying the vaccines were “our hope at the end of a year like no other”.
Of the jab, he said: “It is safe, quick and effective – it will protect you and your loved ones.”
Moderna can be stored for 30 days at normal fridge temperatures, but should it need to be stored for longer it can last for six months at -20C.
Along with Pfizer, it will be used by the NHS for some of the appointments rearranged for under 30s who were due to receive the AstraZeneca jab.
And Matt Hancock has urged everyone is eligible for a vaccine to “book their appointments as soon as possible”.
The health secretary said: “From today the NHS in England will begin using the Moderna vaccine, following the start of the UK roll out in Wales last week.”
He added: “The vaccine has already been used widely in other countries and approved by our medicines regulator as it met the highest standards of safety and effectiveness.”
So far in the UK more than 32million people have received a coronavirus vaccine with more than 7.4 million having had their second.
Ministers had previously pledged that 32 million people in the top nine priority groups would receive the jab by April 15.
Mr Johnson said: “We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups.
“That means more than 32million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid 19.
“I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives.
“We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July.”