In rare cases, PHE notes that it is appropriate to combine the two approved vaccines.
After reports emerged of a contingency plan to blend the two approved vaccinations in a limited number of cases, officials defended England’s vaccination scheme.
The “green book” by Public Health England advises that it is appropriate to give a “complete the schedule” dose of the locally available product if the same vaccine used for the first dose is not available.
“There is no evidence of interchangeability of the Covid 19 vaccines, although studies are underway.”Although studies are underway, there is no evidence of interchangeability of the Covid 19 vaccines.
Criticism exploded after the release of a report by the New York Times citing virologist Prof. John Moore of Cornell University in the United States, who said “there is no data at all on this idea” and that British officials seem to have “completely given up on science and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. infectious disease expert, also said Friday that he disagreed with the U.K. policy of delaying the second dose of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. He told CNN that the U.S. will not follow in the footsteps of the U.K. and follow the advice of Pfizer and BioNTech to administer the second dose of the vaccine three weeks after the first.
Dr. Mary Ramsey, the head of immunization at Public Health England, said mixing would not be recommended and would only occur under extraordinary circumstances.
Fast Guide When and how in the UK do I get covid vaccinated?
Now that the first Covid vaccine has been approved by the UK, who will get it first?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) of the government says its aim is to prevent Covid-related deaths and protect workers and structures of health and social care.
Elderly residents of nursing homes and their caregivers are first on the JCVI list because their risk of exposure to the virus is higher and because the risk of mortality is strongly associated with age. All other people over 80 years of age and frontline health and social care staff are prioritized.
NHS workers are, however, likely to be the first party to obtain the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for pragmatic purposes. This is because the vaccine has to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures, which is easier to do with the use of hospital facilities.
Are there appropriate doses of vaccines to meet all target groups?
Together, nursing home patients, their caregivers and the over-80s account for almost 6 million people, and another 736,685 are NHS staff.
The health minister, Matt Hancock, said he expects 10 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech to be available this year. But if this is the only approved vaccine, all others will have to wait until next year to have more doses available.
Where am I able to get the vaccine?
The Covid 19 vaccine is intended to be administered in three types of locations: “vaccine hubs” of the NHS Trust at hospital sites; mass vaccination centers are currently being built in places such as soccer stadiums, conference buildings and racecourses – where it is expected to be vaccinated for up to 5,000 people a day; and in GP surgeries and pharmacies. Family physicians will also be able to visit only.
How far apart are the two doses given, and after the first dose, am I protected?
Although there is evidence of high short-term safety from a single dose of the vaccine, a two-dose schedule has been approved by MHRA.
The second dose must be administered at least 21 days after the first dose and both are inserted into the deltoid muscle, which is the thick triangular muscle that we use to raise each arm.
The efficacy rate was estimated for Pfizer’s vaccine seven days after the second vaccination.
Before then, it is possible that people will have some security, but it will take that long to kick in for maximum protection. We will learn more about the scope of protection and how long it lasts when evidence comes in from ongoing clinical trials.
Could I pay for the vaccine privately?
Unlikely. The deputy medical director of England, Jonathan Van-Tam, said he agrees that vaccinations for Covid-19 should be distributed based on clinical priority instead of encouraging people to skip the queue if they can afford it.
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