Vaccines coming in the UK ⦁ 我哋英國兩老有得打疫苗喇！
超開心！London Lad 70幾歲嘅爸爸媽媽聽日就會接種第一劑嘅輝瑞疫苗。NHS已經通知咗佢哋，第二劑會喺12個禮拜後打。
We are happy to say that London Lad’s parents – who are in their 70s – will be getting their first Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 jab tomorrow morning! They have been advised by the NHS they will get the second dose in 12 weeks’ time.
It is free but is only available through the NHS to eligible groups. The NHS has started with the groups most at risk from coronavirus due to age, other health conditions or because they work in certain roles in the NHS.
For others, the NHS will notify you when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. We do not have to contact the NHS ourselves. For those who are eligible in registering with a GP surgery in England (such as those who paid the IHS), make sure you do it as soon as you can, if not already.
One of the things that the UK government has done right and better than many other countries is the mass ordering of vaccines. Although most vaccines need two doses to get their full effectiveness, the UK government is concentrating on getting the first dose to as many people as possible as a priority. Second doses will follow.
Back in November, the government said it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from 7 different developers:
- 100 million doses of University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – APPROVED
- 40 million doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine – APPROVED
- 7 million doses of Moderna vaccine – APPROVED
- 60 million doses of Novavax vaccine – in trials
- 60 million doses of Valneva vaccine – in trials
- 60 million doses of GSK/Sanofi Pasteur vaccine – in trials
- 30 million doses of Janssen vaccine – in trials
Meanwhile, Hong Kongers, mask up and wash your hands!
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