COVID-19 vaccines are a crucial part in allowing lockdown to end and the UK to open up businesses, shops and a general return to normality. With key dates for when certain lockdown rules will be lifted issued in the Prime Minister’s roadmap, many are eagerly awaiting news of when they can be vaccinated. Now the next round of vaccinations will be issued to the under 50s an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) revealed today.
Already across the UK 18.6 million people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine.
Of these, a further 700,718 have received the second dose.
Next on the priority list for vaccines are people aged 40 to 49, and scientific advisers have said advancing to this stage “provide the greatest benefit in the shortest time”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will lead a press conference today to announce the vaccine news.
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“The UK Government remains on course to meet its target to offer a vaccine to all those in the phase 1 priority groups by mid-April, and all adults by the end of July.”
With the announcement of the next stage in vaccines, some may be wondering when they will be able to receive their jab.
This depends on age, factors like pregnancy, working in health care, and pre-existing medical conditions.
You can visit a calculator created by Omni here and check when you may receive the jab.
The calculator also gives an indication of when you are likely to receive your second jab.
You cannot choose which vaccine you receive, with two currently being issued in the UK – the Oxford/AstroZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
When it is time for you to receive your vaccination you will be contacted by the NHS to make an appointment.
The vaccine is as two doses. You will have the second dose three to 12 weeks after having the first dose.