Officials have set up a specific schedule outlining the priority of when each group of people in the UK will receive the vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) confirmed a priority list for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The confirmed priority list is as follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those aged 80 years of age and over. Front line health and social care workers
- All those aged 75 years of age and over
- All those aged 70 years of age and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those aged 65 years of age and over
- All those individuals aged 16 years of age to 64 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over.
Each individual will be contacted and invited to book an appointment when it is their turn.
Unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine does not need to be stored at freezing temperatures.
Instead, the Oxford vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures for at least six months, which experts hope will make the administration logistics easier to manage.