What’s happening with the first approved vaccine?
Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 has been approved by regulators and is now available.
At first, the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, specifically the over-80s, care home residents and health and care staff, before being offered more widely. As you can imagine this will be a long process and you will be contacted when it’s your turn, so please don’t call your GP.
What’s happening from 7 December?
The first stage of roll-out of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be managed via a limited number of hospital hubs. In our local region the the first hospital to offer vaccines is Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. More sites will follow and we will keep you informed here.
Is the vaccine safe?
The vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
Useful leaflets and information
- COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding
- COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults
- COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers
- COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff
- COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait