The NHS has begun the biggest mass vaccination campaign in its history to protect people against COVID-19, but the question on all of our minds is when we will be getting the vaccine?
Vaccinations are being offered first to those at the highest risk of catching the infection and suffering severe complications as set out in a list of nine high-priority groups, covering around 25 million people in the UK.
- Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
- 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
- 75-year-olds and over
- 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- 65-year-olds and over
- 16 to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
- 60-year-olds and over
- 55-year-olds and over
- 50-year-olds and over
When it is your turn for a vaccine, you will be invited to book an appointment, probably by phone or letter.
So far, three vaccinations are being used in the UK, and more than 1.5 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from the disease. It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose.
It is essential to continue to follow the guidance in your local area. To protect yourself, your family and friends you still need to practice social distancing, wear a face mask, wash your hands and follow the current guidance.
If you need more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, please visit the following website.