Covid: How will I get the coronavirus vaccine?

By Philippa Rox
Well being reporter

Woman receiving vaccine

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The primary ever Covid vaccine has been permitted to be used within the UK.

The British regulator, the MHRA, says the Pfizer/BioNtech jab

will be rolled out from subsequent week.

Immunisations may begin early subsequent week for individuals in some high-priority teams.

When will I get a vaccine?

That can rely upon whether or not you’re a susceptible individual or in a precedence group – the order of those teams might be selected Wednesday morning vaccine consultants.

Up till now, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has stated that residents and employees in care houses could be prime precedence, adopted individuals over 80 years outdated and NHS employees.

The older you’re, the upper your danger of changing into severely unwell or dying from the virus – and that danger rises sharply past 70.

After these teams, the plan is to supply the vaccine to everybody else primarily based on their age – from the oldest to the youngest, however significantly the over-50s, subsequent spring.

Whether or not individuals with underlying well being situations and people from ethnic minority backgrounds are additionally prioritised in a roundabout way, has not been determined.

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The place will I get a vaccine?

You may be invited to get a vaccine as quickly as it is your flip, in all probability letter.

This might be your GP surgical procedure, a hospital or care dwelling when you work there, or vaccination hubs that are being arrange across the nation.

The NHS has been on the point of begin giving vaccines as quickly as the primary one is delivered to the UK.

It’s recruiting 30,000 volunteers to assist, a few of whom might be educated to provide the jabs.

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine must be saved at a really chilly temperature. This is not a problem with the Oxford one, which will be saved at regular fridge temperature.

Can I pay to be vaccinated sooner?

No – this vaccine is being rolled out free to individuals through the NHS.

You possibly can’t leap the queue paying for it, however there needs to be loads of vaccines to go spherical.

Ought to I depart a spot between getting the flu and Covid vaccines?

Should you’re eligible for a flu vaccine, you must get it as quickly as potential, significantly if additionally, you will be in a high-risk precedence group for a Covid jab.

Having each infections without delay this winter might be harmful.

At its final assembly, the JCVI advisable leaving a minimum of seven days between the vaccines.

Will the Covid vaccine be protected?

The UK regulator is not going to authorise any vaccine until it believes it’s protected.

The MHRA assesses all the info and in addition ensures a vaccine works and that every one the required trials and checks have been accomplished.

  • lab and scientific trial outcomes
  • manufacturing and quality control
  • product sampling
  • testing of the ultimate product

It’s doing this as rapidly as potential with out reducing corners, as a result of these vaccines are a precedence.

It would additionally search recommendation from one other unbiased physique, the Fee on Human Medicines, earlier than advising the federal government on a possible vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the quickest ever to go from idea to actuality.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca staff is more likely to do the identical quickly, and different vaccine builders will comply with.

Corporations have regularly been sending trial knowledge to the regulator, which has additionally shortened the method.

Within the occasion the UK has a alternative, the JCVI would resolve which vaccine needs to be used for various teams of individuals.

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picture captionThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is at the moment within the ultimate levels of testing

Will everybody be vaccinated?

The eventual purpose is that as many individuals as potential obtain a Covid-19 vaccine.

If everybody over 18 within the UK is obtainable one, that might be greater than 50 million individuals – an enormous problem.

There isn’t any timeframe on this momentous process, nevertheless it’s clear that is the long-term plan in 2021.

The NHS has loads of expertise delivering vaccines to large numbers of individuals, for instance this winter’s flu jab ought to attain 30 million.

A Covid vaccine will not be obligatory although – no different vaccines within the UK are, and consultants say this method would not assist create confidence within the vaccine.

At current, the federal government has ordered seven various kinds of vaccine and expects to obtain 355 million doses, together with 100 million of the Oxford/AstraZeneca one.

If everybody wants two doses, that will surely be sufficient for each grownup within the UK.

The place is the vaccine made?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the primary to be permitted within the UK, is being manufactured in Belgium.

The businesses say the primary doses are anticipated to reach within the UK within the coming days.

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