Vaccine: Radio caller says rates ‘must be down to the jab’
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People in the top nine priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have now been offered their first Covid vaccine. More than 32 million people have received their first vaccine dose in the UK to date, while approximately eight million people have also received their second vaccine dose.
Which Covid vaccine will the over-45’s get?
People over the age of 45 are now being invited to book their Covid vaccine appointments.
Three Covid vaccines have been approved for use in the UK from Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna.
The first Moderna vaccines have started to be rolled out in recent weeks, but the majority of vaccines given out in the UK to date are from Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are types of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines.
The Moderna vaccine uses a fragment of the genetic code of coronavirus, which helps to equip the body in the case of a real infection in the future.
The AstraZeneca vaccine uses a harmless modified virus which also teaches the body how to build protection against COVID-19.
People over the age of 45 could receive any of the three vaccines approved in the UK.
People aren’t told in advance which Covid vaccine they will be getting, as the vaccines administered at each vaccine centre depend on supply.
Health authorities have designated people aged 30 or under should receive an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.
The NHS vaccine booking website explains: “If you’re under 30, you will not be offered appointments for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
“There may be fewer appointments available or you may have to travel further.”
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Who is next to be vaccinated?
The UK Government is aiming to offer all adults a first vaccine dose by the end of July 2021.
The priority list set out by the JCVI outlined people aged 40 to 49 would be prioritised after the top nine groups had been offered a first vaccine dose.
So after people over the age of 45 have received a vaccine, it stands to reason people aged 40 to 44 will be next to get a vaccine.
This group will be followed by those aged 30-39 and then those in the 18-29 age bracket.
With several Covid vaccines currently still being investigated, new Covid vaccines could be rolled out to the rest of the population over the coming months.
The Novavax vaccine has not been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) yet, but it is expected to be approved soon as early results show the vaccine to be safe and effective.
The UK has secured 60 million Novavax doses, along with other vaccine doses including Valneva (100 million), Janssen (30 million) and GlaxoSmithKline (60 million).
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