OVER-70s and “extremely vulnerable” Brits are now being offered the Covid vaccine as the UK government extends the roll out scheme.
Here’s everything you need to know about over-70s getting the vaccine.
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When will over-70s get the Covid vaccine?
As of today (January 18), the coronavirus vaccine will be offered to all over-70s in Britain.
Millions of letters will be posted to this age group over the coming days and weeks.
And the first of the over-70s should receive the first dose of the vaccine this week.
The Government said that it is still working to its plan of vaccinating all four priority groups by February 15.
This means the five million over 70s currently in Britain should have received the vaccine by then.
What is the priority order for the Covid vaccine?
So far, 4 million people in the UK have received the vaccine, either the Pfizer or Oxford jab, including half of over 80s.
The next stage of the NHS vaccine programme will reach 4.6million in their 70s and older and another one million who have conditions like cancer or have received organ transplants.
The Government has a list of nine high-priority groups it aims to get through before the general population will get vaccinated.
The nine priority groups are:
- 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
- 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
Ministers have pledged to have all the most vulnerable jabbed by mid February, and all over 50s by May.
Every adult (over 18s) should be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News on Sunday.
How do I check when I get the vaccine?
Omni's vaccine queue calculator will estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue to get a Covid vaccine in the UK.
It also predicts how long you might have to wait to get your first and then second dose.
All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.
It's based on the Government's priority list and the likely rate of vaccination.
The tool assumes that one million people will be vaccinated in a week, which would take just over two years to vaccinate everyone.
Adjusting this to two million per week would mean everyone is inoculated in a year.
At the current pace, 1.5 million people are being vaccinated per week, based on the number of doses given in the week January 11 to January 18.
Omni also predicts 70 per cent of people accept their jab offer, based on flu vaccine uptake, but in reality this could be lower.
How will I be contacted to get the Covid vaccine?
The NHS will get in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated – you do not contact them beforehand.
As soon as it's your turn to get the vaccine, you will be invited either by phone or letter.
You will need to be registered with a GP surgery in order to receive the vaccine.
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