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Covid: When will I get the vaccine? Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
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About 33 million people in the UK have had a first dose of a Covid vaccine and nearly 10.5 million a second dose. More than 33 million people in the UK have had a first dose of a Covid vaccine and nearly 10.8 million a second dose.
Adults under 30 are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab because of evidence possibly linking it to rare blood clots.Adults under 30 are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab because of evidence possibly linking it to rare blood clots.
Can pregnant women get the vaccine?Can pregnant women get the vaccine?
The advice for pregnant women has been updated.The advice for pregnant women has been updated.
UK vaccine advisers now say they should be offered a Covid jab when other people their age get one.UK vaccine advisers now say they should be offered a Covid jab when other people their age get one.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferable, they say, because data relating to 90,000 pregnant women has not raised any safety concerns. Data on how the AZ vaccine works in pregnant women may be available in the near future.The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferable, they say, because data relating to 90,000 pregnant women has not raised any safety concerns. Data on how the AZ vaccine works in pregnant women may be available in the near future.
Pregnant women should be offered Covid vaccinePregnant women should be offered Covid vaccine
Who is being offered the vaccine now?Who is being offered the vaccine now?
In England, people aged 45 and over are being invited and can book online. Text messages with a link to the national booking service, which can also be called on 119, will also start to go out this week.In England, people aged 45 and over are being invited and can book online. Text messages with a link to the national booking service, which can also be called on 119, will also start to go out this week.
How many people have been vaccinated so far?How many people have been vaccinated so far?
Over-50s are being offered the vaccine in Scotland. Unpaid carers in Scotland aged 16-64 can register online to get the vaccine, or call 0800 030 8013.Over-50s are being offered the vaccine in Scotland. Unpaid carers in Scotland aged 16-64 can register online to get the vaccine, or call 0800 030 8013.
The Welsh government says all over-50s have now been offered their first dose. There's more information about the roll-out on the Public Health Wales website.The Welsh government says all over-50s have now been offered their first dose. There's more information about the roll-out on the Public Health Wales website.
In Northern Ireland, people aged 35 and over are now eligible. They can book online or call 0300 200 7813.In Northern Ireland, people aged 35 and over are now eligible. They can book online or call 0300 200 7813.
Across the UK, people over 16 who live with adults with weakened immune systems will also be offered a vaccine.Across the UK, people over 16 who live with adults with weakened immune systems will also be offered a vaccine.
The government insists all adults will be offered their first dose - in decreasing age order - by the end of July.The government insists all adults will be offered their first dose - in decreasing age order - by the end of July.
40-49 years40-49 years
30-39 years30-39 years
18-29 years18-29 years
Some groups at higher risk of needing hospital treatment from Covid are urged to take up the offer of vaccination promptly:Some groups at higher risk of needing hospital treatment from Covid are urged to take up the offer of vaccination promptly:
MenMen
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communitiesBlack, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
People with a BMI over 30People with a BMI over 30
Those in deprived neighbourhoodsThose in deprived neighbourhoods
Who has already been offered a first dose?Who has already been offered a first dose?
Those most at risk from Covid and those caring for them were vaccinated first:Those most at risk from Covid and those caring for them were vaccinated first:
frontline health and social care stafffrontline health and social care staff
elderly care home residentselderly care home residents
clinically extremely vulnerable peopleclinically extremely vulnerable people
over-16s with some health conditions which increase their risk from Covidover-16s with some health conditions which increase their risk from Covid
adult carers of disabled people and younger adults in care homesadult carers of disabled people and younger adults in care homes
over-45s in Englandover-45s in England
over-50s in Scotlandover-50s in Scotland
over-50s in Walesover-50s in Wales
over-35s in Northern Irelandover-35s in Northern Ireland
All four nations of the UK follow these priorities, but the rollout varies between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.All four nations of the UK follow these priorities, but the rollout varies between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
AstraZeneca: Is there a blood clot risk?AstraZeneca: Is there a blood clot risk?
Is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine safe?Is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
Rare blood clots - what you need to knowRare blood clots - what you need to know
When will I get my second dose?When will I get my second dose?
Everyone should be offered a second vaccine dose within 12 weeks of the first jab to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.Everyone should be offered a second vaccine dose within 12 weeks of the first jab to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
During April, about 12 million second doses are being offered to people in priority groups.During April, about 12 million second doses are being offered to people in priority groups.
First doses offered daily are now being overtaken by second jabs.First doses offered daily are now being overtaken by second jabs.
Are two doses needed?Are two doses needed?
The approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best protection.The approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best protection.
In the UK, people were initially told they would get a second dose three to four weeks after the first. But to ensure a faster rollout of first doses, the UK's chief medical officers extended the gap to 12 weeks.In the UK, people were initially told they would get a second dose three to four weeks after the first. But to ensure a faster rollout of first doses, the UK's chief medical officers extended the gap to 12 weeks.
The World Health Organization says this also increases the AstraZeneca vaccine's effectiveness.The World Health Organization says this also increases the AstraZeneca vaccine's effectiveness.
What jab might I get and can I mix and match vaccines?What jab might I get and can I mix and match vaccines?
People under the age of 30 are to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a review into a possible link with extremely rare blood clots in adults.People under the age of 30 are to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a review into a possible link with extremely rare blood clots in adults.
But the UK's medicine regulator - the MHRA - says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for most people.But the UK's medicine regulator - the MHRA - says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for most people.
Official guidance says everyone should get the same vaccine for both doses. In very rare circumstances - if only one vaccine is available, or it's not known which was given for the first dose - a different vaccine can be used.Official guidance says everyone should get the same vaccine for both doses. In very rare circumstances - if only one vaccine is available, or it's not known which was given for the first dose - a different vaccine can be used.
If you have already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should also have a second dose.If you have already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should also have a second dose.
Only those who suffered a rare blood clot after the first dose should not, the regulator says.Only those who suffered a rare blood clot after the first dose should not, the regulator says.
A UK trial is currently investigating whether using two different vaccines for the first and second doses could give better protection and more flexibility.A UK trial is currently investigating whether using two different vaccines for the first and second doses could give better protection and more flexibility.
Do the vaccines work against new variants?Do the vaccines work against new variants?
All three vaccines have been shown to be effective at preventing people from becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid.All three vaccines have been shown to be effective at preventing people from becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid.
The AstraZeneca vaccine offers a good level of protection against the "Kent" variant now dominant in the UK. Early research on other vaccines, including Pfizer, suggest they also offer protection.The AstraZeneca vaccine offers a good level of protection against the "Kent" variant now dominant in the UK. Early research on other vaccines, including Pfizer, suggest they also offer protection.
There are concerns the vaccines may not work as well against variants first spotted in South Africa and Brazil, and some UK variants too. But developers are updating their jabs to target the new variants, and plan to have them ready by the autumn.There are concerns the vaccines may not work as well against variants first spotted in South Africa and Brazil, and some UK variants too. But developers are updating their jabs to target the new variants, and plan to have them ready by the autumn.
They are likely to be offered as a routine booster for some groups.They are likely to be offered as a routine booster for some groups.
How worrying are the new coronavirus variants?How worrying are the new coronavirus variants?
How many vaccine doses are there?How many vaccine doses are there?
The UK has ordered seven vaccines and expects to receive 407 million doses - more than enough for every adult to receive two.The UK has ordered seven vaccines and expects to receive 407 million doses - more than enough for every adult to receive two.
Will children be vaccinated?Will children be vaccinated?
Covid vaccines are being trialled for children by most companies. Pfizer has released early data which suggests children aged 12-15 are well protected, with no unusual side effects.Covid vaccines are being trialled for children by most companies. Pfizer has released early data which suggests children aged 12-15 are well protected, with no unusual side effects.
AstraZeneca has halted its trial involving 300 participants aged six to 17 while the UK's medicines regulator investigates a possible link with rare blood clots in adults.AstraZeneca has halted its trial involving 300 participants aged six to 17 while the UK's medicines regulator investigates a possible link with rare blood clots in adults.
In the UK, the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use in over-16s and the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines in over-18s.In the UK, the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use in over-16s and the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines in over-18s.
Getting a Covid vaccine is not compulsory because experts say this wouldn't help create public confidence. But making it mandatory for NHS staff and care workers is being considered.Getting a Covid vaccine is not compulsory because experts say this wouldn't help create public confidence. But making it mandatory for NHS staff and care workers is being considered.
What about people with allergies?What about people with allergies?
A very small number of people have experienced a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis - when vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.A very small number of people have experienced a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis - when vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
You should discuss any serious allergies with your healthcare professional before being vaccinated.You should discuss any serious allergies with your healthcare professional before being vaccinated.
Most people will not be affected in any way, although mild side-effects are possible.Most people will not be affected in any way, although mild side-effects are possible.
Study reveals extent of Covid vaccine side-effectsStudy reveals extent of Covid vaccine side-effects
Why it is normal for some people to experience short-term side effects from Covid-19 vaccinesWhy it is normal for some people to experience short-term side effects from Covid-19 vaccines