The vaccine is thought to be ‘more than 90% effective’ prompting optimism across the world that a sense of normality could be in reach.
So far, the UK has secured 30 million doses of the vaccine – which is enough to vaccinate those deemed higher risk to begin with.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said at a Downing Street briefing on Thursday that there will be a priority list for those most at risk of dying from the disease.
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Elderly care home residents and the workers who look after them come first, followed by older individuals, going down age groups to the over-60s. Adults with underlying health conditions would then be prioritised before the over-50s during phase one of the programme.
If and when the vaccine gets rolled out, will you still need it if you’ve already had coronavirus?
Will I need the vaccine if I already had Covid?
The Guardian reports that, so far, vaccine trials have focused on people who haven’t been exposed to coronavirus, meaning the effect of the vaccine on people who have been exposed to it is unclear.
However, since studies suggest that immunity to Covid could only last a few months, experts suggest getting vaccinated even if you have had and recovered from a case of coronavirus.
Professor Robin Shattock, the head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, told the Guardian: ‘The level of immunity from natural infection is really variable, so some people get a very strong immune response, and some people get quite a weak immune response.’
‘The vaccine would top up your immune response, and hopefully provide protection for longer.’
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