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Covid: When will I get the vaccine? Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
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Margaret Keenan, aged 90, became the first person vaccinated in the mass roll-out by the NHSMargaret Keenan, aged 90, became the first person vaccinated in the mass roll-out by the NHS
More than 10 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. More than 12 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.
Two vaccines - developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca - are being used. A third, from Moderna, has been approved.Two vaccines - developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca - are being used. A third, from Moderna, has been approved.
Who will get a vaccine first?Who will get a vaccine first?
Vaccines are being given to the most vulnerable first. A list of high-priority groups - including up to 99% of those most at risk of dying - is being followed: Vaccines are being given to the most vulnerable first. A list of high-priority groups - covering up to 99% of those most at risk of dying - is being followed:
All four nations of the UK follow these priorities, but decisions on the roll-out vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.All four nations of the UK follow these priorities, but decisions on the roll-out vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When will over-50s be vaccinated?When will over-50s be vaccinated?
The aim is to vaccinate over-50s by May.The aim is to vaccinate over-50s by May.
The large majority of NHS frontline staff, care home residents and workers, and the over 80s have been vaccinated. The large majority of NHS frontline staff, care home residents and workers, and the over 80s have now been vaccinated.
People over 70 and the clinically extremely vulnerable are now being vaccinated. Some regions of the UK are now inviting the over 60s. People over 70 and the clinically extremely vulnerable are currently being vaccinated. Some regions of the UK are now inviting the over 60s.
When will police and teachers be vaccinated?When will police and teachers be vaccinated?
They will be vaccinated after the most vulnerable groups - probably from late spring.They will be vaccinated after the most vulnerable groups - probably from late spring.
There have been calls for teachers, police, fire and other frontline workers to be moved up the queue.There have been calls for teachers, police, fire and other frontline workers to be moved up the queue.
Any change will be decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).Any change will be decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Covid: Are teachers more at risk of dying?Covid: Are teachers more at risk of dying?
Do the vaccines work against new variants?Do the vaccines work against new variants?
Scientists are confident the vaccines will offer good protection against the new variants, although perhaps not quite as much as they did against the original form of the virus. The Oxford vaccine has been shown to offer a similar level of protection against the new dominant variant in the UK as against the original virus, which the vaccine was designed to protect people against.
Early research on other vaccines, including Pfizer's, suggest they also protect against this new form of coronavirus.
But there are concerns that all vaccines may not work as well against other variants with more worrying mutations which have been found in pockets across the UK.
Urgent testing for these variants, which include one from South Africa and others with the E484K mutation, is being carried out in parts of England.
If new versions of the vaccines are needed, developers say it's relatively easy to tweak the current recipe to target some of the more worrying mutations.If new versions of the vaccines are needed, developers say it's relatively easy to tweak the current recipe to target some of the more worrying mutations.
Oxford-AstraZeneca developers plan to create a new version of their vaccine, if required, to tackle new variants next winter. Developers say they are already working on new versions of their vaccine to tackle new variants which will be ready by the autumn.
How worrying are the new coronavirus variants?How worrying are the new coronavirus variants?
Are two doses needed?Are two doses needed?
All the vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in trials and highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. There is evidence the Oxford vaccine can also reduce the spread of the virus.All the vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in trials and highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. There is evidence the Oxford vaccine can also reduce the spread of the virus.
The approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best protection against Covid.The approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best protection against Covid.
People were initially told they would get the second dose three to four weeks after the first.People were initially told they would get the second dose three to four weeks after the first.
But to ensure as many people as possible are protected in the shortest time possible, the UK's chief medical officers extended the gap to 12 weeks.But to ensure as many people as possible are protected in the shortest time possible, the UK's chief medical officers extended the gap to 12 weeks.
This is backed by a recent study which found the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine remained 76% effective during the three months after the first dose.This is backed by a recent study which found the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine remained 76% effective during the three months after the first dose.
Some doctors had been critical of the decision, fearing it would make the Pfizer vaccine, particularly, less effective.Some doctors had been critical of the decision, fearing it would make the Pfizer vaccine, particularly, less effective.
Few countries have followed the UK's example and the World Health Organization has recommended a gap of up to six weeks only in exceptional circumstances.Few countries have followed the UK's example and the World Health Organization has recommended a gap of up to six weeks only in exceptional circumstances.
Where will I get a vaccine?Where will I get a vaccine?
You'll be invited to book an appointment as soon as it's your turn, by phone or letter.You'll be invited to book an appointment as soon as it's your turn, by phone or letter.
Thousands of vaccination sites are operating:Thousands of vaccination sites are operating:
in hospital hubs for NHS staff and older patientsin hospital hubs for NHS staff and older patients
in thousands of GP surgeriesin thousands of GP surgeries
in care homes for workers and older residentsin care homes for workers and older residents
in some pharmaciesin some pharmacies
in vaccination centresin vaccination centres
in sports stadiums and conference centres acting as major vaccination hubsin sports stadiums and conference centres acting as major vaccination hubs
WATCH: Pfizer v Oxford v Moderna – three Covid-19 vaccines comparedWATCH: Pfizer v Oxford v Moderna – three Covid-19 vaccines compared
Can different vaccines be mixed?Can different vaccines be mixed?
The official guidance says everyone should get the same vaccine for both doses.The 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.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.
But that could change. A UK trial is investigating whether mixing vaccines could offer better protection than two doses of the same one.But that could change. A UK trial is investigating whether mixing vaccines could offer better protection than two doses of the same one.
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.
Of the vaccines beings used now, 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been ordered and 40 million of the Pfizer vaccine. Another 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected in the spring.Of the vaccines beings used now, 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been ordered and 40 million of the Pfizer vaccine. Another 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected in the spring.
Will everyone be vaccinated and which will I get?Will everyone be vaccinated and which will I get?
The aim is to vaccinate as many people as possible over the age of 18.The aim is to vaccinate as many people as possible over the age of 18.
The vaccines have not been tested in children so they won't receive them until more research has been carried out.The vaccines have not been tested in children so they won't receive them until more research has been carried out.
Getting a Covid vaccine is not compulsory because experts say this wouldn't help create public confidence.Getting a Covid vaccine is not compulsory because experts say this wouldn't help create public confidence.
What you need to know about vaccine safetyWhat you need to know about vaccine safety
Experts have not specified that any one group should get a particular vaccine.Experts have not specified that any one group should get a particular vaccine.
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 BioNTech vaccine.A very small number of people have experienced a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis - when vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
The UK regulator says anyone with a history of severe reactions to food, insect bites, or a drug or vaccine, can safely receive the vaccines as long as they are not allergic to any ingredients.The UK regulator says anyone with a history of severe reactions to food, insect bites, or a drug or vaccine, can safely receive the vaccines as long as they are not allergic to any ingredients.
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.
Will I get side effects from the vaccine?Will I get side effects from the vaccine?
I'm pregnant - can I be vaccinated?I'm pregnant - can I be vaccinated?
Vaccination should only be considered for pregnant women when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks.Vaccination should only be considered for pregnant women when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks.
This may be where the risk of catching coronavirus is high, or where underlying health conditions mean a high risk of Covid complications.This may be where the risk of catching coronavirus is high, or where underlying health conditions mean a high risk of Covid complications.
There are no specific safety concerns with the vaccines - but they were not tested on pregnant women.There are no specific safety concerns with the vaccines - but they were not tested on pregnant women.
Women who are breastfeeding can be given either vaccine.Women who are breastfeeding can be given either vaccine.
Your Questions Answered: Will I need a vaccine passport?Your Questions Answered: Will I need a vaccine passport?
Can I pay to be vaccinated sooner?Can I pay to be vaccinated sooner?
No - this vaccine is being rolled out free to people via the NHS. You can't jump the queue by paying.No - this vaccine is being rolled out free to people via the NHS. You can't jump the queue by paying.