All Scots over 50 will receive the Covid-19 vaccine by spring after regulators have approved the “breakthrough” Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine and it will be rolled out starting Monday.
100 million doses of the newly approved vaccine have been requested by the United Kingdom – enough to cover 50 million citizens, of which Scotland will receive 8.2 percent depending on its population.
It is estimated that about 40,000 doses will arrive next week in Scotland.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that “vaccinate every adult in the UK with both doses” and that “everyone who wants to can get a vaccine.” will now be possible.
Mr. Hancock added that “people will get protection after the first dose,” meaning the pace at which the first dose is given can now be “accelerate”
By Sunday, more than 92,000 people had already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Scotland, which was already approved by the United Kingdom. Supervisors. But Nicola Sturgeon said the new vaccine “means more people will receive their first dose of a Covid vaccine much earlier than originally expected.”
Experts have also suggested that two doses of both vaccines can be administered up to 12 weeks apart, thus speeding up the introduction of the first vaccine to more individuals.
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The latest vaccinations will be provided beginning Monday at the same places where Pfizer’s vaccines are issued, but those Scots on the priority list will be able to get the shot in their community starting Jan. 11.
Scottish Health Minister Jeane Freeman emphasized that, while the second approved vaccine is coming up, “the priority list remains the same,”
She said the vaccine from AstraZeneca “doesn’t have some of the challenges” that the first approved vaccine has, which has so far restricted its delivery.
We don’t have to store it at such low temperatures, for example, so it can be kept in a refrigerator in a family practice,” Ms. Freeman added.”
That’s one of the challenges we had to tackle with Pfizer in order to get it into nursing homes.
“It makes it easier for us and more accessible to all the people we want to vaccinate.”
The AstraZeneca vaccine is prioritized so that more people will receive a first dose on the Phase 1 priority list of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) with a second dose provided within 12 weeks, enabling more people to easily receive a first dose that offers some protection against the virus.
Minister for Health Jeane Freeman
Ms. Freeman noted that the approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine ensures that the vaccine will be given by spring to all individuals over 50 and those in some disadvantaged groups.
“We are continuing our plan to complete our entire JCVI list, which essentially includes everyone over 50, including individuals who may be under 50 but have clinical conditions, as well as unpaid caregivers,” she said.
“Our overall plan to complete that group in the spring was based on the assumption that we would get the vaccine from AstraZeneca – so we’re on track to do that, and we’re going to do it as fast as the supplies come through to us.”
“going all in on the vaccine and doing everything they can to get it to market as quickly as possible.”go all in and do everything they can to bring the vaccine to market as quickly as possible.
She added:’ The problem we have now is that because of the winter and the number of covid patients they see, health facilities are still strained. Then it’s about how, by more imaginative distribution chains, to help that.
“We’re the first country to approve this vaccine, and we’re moving very quickly with it. We just have to keep going.”
The approval of the second vaccine was called a “game-changer.” by Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London.
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Mr. Hayward, a U.K. participant. The Advisory Group of Current and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag) of the government added, “This is exactly what we need right now.”
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