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Covid has killed more than 70,000 people in the UK, with fears over rising case numbers after the Christmas period. But a Covid vaccine was finally launched last week, with thousands of people already receiving their first dose of the Pfizer jab. How can you get yourself on the list for a Covid vaccine?
People across the country have come forward in their thousands to receive the Covid vaccine.
Around 200 local vaccination clinics have been launched across the UK, with that number expected to increase before the end of the month.
The Government has described the rollout of the vaccine as a “really good start”.
But you may have to wait a little while before receiving the jab yourself, as the Government has established a ‘priority list’ for the vaccine.
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Can I book a Covid vaccine?
You aren’t able to book a coronavirus vaccine yourself, according to the NHS.
Instead, you should sit back and wait for the NHS to contact you.
The health authorities should have all of your medical records on file, meaning they’ll know if you’re in one of the priority groups.
When your group is eligible for the vaccine, you should receive a letter in the post or a phone call to make an appointment.
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“The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective,” said the NHS. “It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
“The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
“The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and, from this week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.
“The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.”
The priority list was compiled by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The JCVI decided on priority groups based on scientific research, taking into consideration people’s age, underlying health conditions, and whether they live or work in care homes.
People living in care homes and their carers were first on the priority list, while those over 80 years old are already in line for their first vaccine dose.
There are 10 priority groups in total, with ‘healthy’ individuals under 50 years old the last to receive the jab.
The priority groups in full include:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals[footnote 1]
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
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