More than 15 million in United Kingdom get first COVID vaccine, says minister

  • More than 15 million in United Kingdom get first COVID vaccine, says minister

More than 15 million in United Kingdom get first COVID vaccine, says minister

The national vaccination program is expected to be done in phases.

Other workers identified in the highest priority group include "all patient-facing health-care workers involved in the COVID-19 response", medical first-responders, including paramedics and firefighters, and community health-care workers serving specialized populations, including those who work at needle exchange or supervised consumption sites.

Several European countries have warned that AstraZeneca/Oxford University's shot should only be given to those ages 18 to 64, but the company has said it triggers a good immune response in older people.

"The provincial target of providing a first dose offer of vaccine to residents of all long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes is arriving at completion". These categories are laid out in the Ministry of Health's guidance on health care worker prioritization.

Adult recipients of chronic home care.

Once first doses have been offered to people in the highest priority groups, the province will administer first doses to the next priority groups, Hillier said. Those groups will receive the second dose between 21 and 27 days after their first.

The province says all residents of long-term care homes have had an opportunity to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this week, the state government also began vaccinating COVID-19 frontline warriors, including police personnel, home guards, civic employees, staffers of revenue and panchayat departments, the official added.

It comes as ministers said the United Kingdom was on track to meet its pledge of offering a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups by Monday.

The government says the next groups in line for a vaccine will receive their shots "when all reasonable steps have been taken to complete first-dose vaccinations" for the first priority group.

Hilkene said the logistics of making the vaccine available to people aged 80 and older are still being worked out. "More details will be provided in the near future", she said.