Residents and carers of nursing homes are the first to receive the new coronavirus vaccine, it was announced today.
The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunization (JCVI) updated the priority list today, after the UK became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.
The injection has been shown in studies to be 95% effective and works in all age groups.
Dr. June Raine, chief of the regulator who approved the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines, said there had been no cutbacks in assessing its safety.
The chief of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told a briefing to Downing Street: “The safety of the public will always come first.
“This recommendation has only been given by the MHRA after the most rigorous scientific review of each piece of data so that it meets the required strict standards of safety, effectiveness and quality.”
The Prime Minister will provide more details and answer questions in the televised briefing from Downing Street at 5pm. the Mirror report.
Here is the full list of priority groups for the new vaccine, announced today by the JCVI.
- Residents in care homes for the elderly and their carers
- People aged 80 and over and primary health care workers
- People aged 75 and over
- People aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable
- People aged 65 and over
- People aged 16 to 64 with underlying health problems that put them at higher risk of serious illness and death
- People aged 60 and over
- People aged 55 and over
- People aged 50 and over
The JCVI says these groups together account for about 99% of preventable deaths from Covid-19.