On December 8, the United Kingdom will officially start the vaccination of the first approved vaccine in the country. Previously, the British government approved the vaccine developed by the U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech on December 2, becoming the first country in the world to approve the vaccine.
England, Wales and Scotland will all start vaccination against Pfizer-BioNTech on December 8, CNN reported. Northern Ireland will also start vaccination earlier this week, and the exact date is unknown.
According to previous reports, the first people to be vaccinated were elderly people and staff in nursing homes, followed by elderly people over 80 years old, health and nursing workers. Each vaccinator will receive a second dose at intervals of three weeks after the first dose.
The head of the British Drug Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also made a guarantee on the 6th, saying that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is “as safe as ordinary vaccines” and that everyone will be monitored by health officials after vaccination. According to MHRA data, more than one in ten recipients may have side effects including pain at the injection site, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever.
The UK has reportedly ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, enough to vaccinate 20 million people (one third of the UK’s population). Since the vaccine needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, the first wave of vaccinations will be carried out in hospitals to reduce the risk of wasting the vaccine.
British media previously reported that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will also be vaccinated against Pfizer-BioNTech at the advice of doctors, but they will not receive preferential treatment and still have to wait in line for the first wave of vaccination prepared by the British government for people over 80 years old and nursing home residents. Vaccine.