First man to get covid jab

NHS begins roll-out of Oxford vaccine as fight against Covid-19 is ramped up

A spokesperson for the NHS said doses of the vaccine will initially be delivered at “a small number of hospitals for the first few days for surveillance purposes,” before the bulk of doses arrives at medical practices later in the week.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is easier to transport and to store than the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — which was approved for use in the UK last month and has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius — making it easier to deliver outside of hospital settings.
Tens of thousands of current and former NHS workers are being trained as vaccinators to support the what the health service has described as “the biggest immunization programme in its history.”
The rollout comes as coronavirus cases in the UK continue to surge. The country has registered over 50,000 new Covid-19 cases for six days in a row, with 54,990 new cases reported on Sunday.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “It is a very difficult situation in terms of the growth of the virus. But then we also have this very good news this morning, it’s a real pivotal moment.”
The rollout comes after a shift in the UK’s immunization strategy. The government has said it will now prioritize giving the first in a series of two vaccine doses to as many people as possible, before administering a second dose up to 12 weeks later.
This will apply to both the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which is already being administered.
The British Medical Association has criticized the move to postpone appointments for the very vulnerable patients currently awaiting their second shots.
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