THE CORONAVIRUS vaccination programme is well underway and more Brits are set to get protection after the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab was today approved by regulators.
Earlier this month the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was rolled out to the most vulnerable and in just a few days, the Oxford jab will also be being administered.
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At the start of the month, the most vulnerable were given the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Just yesterday the first Brit to get the jab, Margaret Keenan, was given her second dose.
With a new jab now available the government will soon roll out the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, in order to get as many vulnerable Brits immunised as possible.
So far the government has secured 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine and the first doses will be dispatched from Germany.
Like the Pfizer jab – people will need two doses.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has not yet released a specific schedule but with a bigger pool of vaccines available.
More will be able to be rolled out in a faster turn around time.
So where are you on the list and how soon will you be getting your jab?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) guidance says vaccines should be given to the most vulnerable in society – which are the elderly and those who are at greater risk of catching the virus because of the job they work in.
Here is the full priority list:
1. Older adults in a care home and care home workers
2. All those who are 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
3. All those who are 75 years of age and over
4. All those who are 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, excluding pregnant women and those under 18 years of age
5. All those who are 65 years of age and over
6. Individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions
7. All those aged 60 and over
8. All those aged 55 and over
9. All those aged 50 and over
Scientists have developed a tool which allows you to see when you will get the jab – using an online calculator.
Depending on what jab you receive you might have to travel to a certain hospital or centre.
This is because the Pfizer jabs need to be stored at -70C.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS said distributing the vaccine would have to be done carefully.
We have to move it around the country in a carefully controlled way. It also comes in packs of 975 people’s doses. You can’t at this point just distribute it to every individual GP or pharmacy.
Deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam previously said that phase one will see all those over the age of 50, and people who are clinically vulnerable, get the vaccine.
Prof Van-Tam said: “The JCVI priority list phase one, which takes us down to people 50 years of age and over and under 50 if you’re in an at-risk group, taken together it’s not an accident that they take out – with a very effective vaccine and high uptake – 99 per cent of Covid-related mortality, deaths.”
In the coming months more jabs will become available and health care bosses have urged people to wait until they are contacted by their local GP.
NHS England previously sent messages to people across the country regarding the jab.
It read: “When appropriate you will receive an invitation to book.”
NHS Trusts have urged people to not call for a vaccine appointment until you are invited to do so.
While most studies have shown that the majority of people aren’t having reactions to the vaccine, it was previously revealed that people with significant allergies should not have the jab.
“Significant” means a person has suffered anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening reaction which can cause breathing difficulties, confusion, vomiting or collapse – or needs to carry an EpiPen.
Anyone scheduled to receive the vaccine will be asked about their issues with allergies.