New covid vaccine approved for use


A second covid vaccine has been authorised for use and priority is to be giving the first dose to as many people in at-risk groups as possible.

The government says it has today (December 30) accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

It follows rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA. The first batch of the vaccine was released last night.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive this vaccine.

The NHS already vaccinated hundreds of thousands of patients with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and its roll out will continue. Now the NHS will begin putting preparations into action to roll out the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine from next month.

The JCVI has advised the priority should be to give as many people in at-risk groups their first dose, rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible.

Everyone will still receive their second dose and this will be within 12 weeks of their first. The second dose completes the course and is important for longer term protection.

From today the NHS across the UK will prioritise giving the first dose of the vaccine to those in the most high-risk groups.

The JCVI’s independent advice is that this approach will maximise the benefits of both vaccines. It will ensure that more at-risk people are able to get protection from a vaccine in the coming weeks and months, reducing deaths and starting to ease pressure on the NHS.


  1. Hooray! I can’t wait to get my jab, I will be first in the queue given a chance! Just been reading that anti vaxxers may jeopardise the population achieving “Herd” immunity, in which case they should be denied treatment when they get the virus! Don’t know how this could be achieved, perhaps everyone should be asked to sign up for the jab, and if they don’t, then deny them treatment if they get it.

    • Dumpton you cannot wait for your jab? Nor can millions of others! One point if we were still tied to the European Medicines Agency (part of your beloved EU) you would be waiting a very long time indeed for your jab.

        • The U.K Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency approved the Pfizer Biotech vaccine on 2nd December the European Medicines Agency approved on 21st December. Plus the UK MHRA approved the Astra Zeneca vaccine today. EU states still waiting for the EMA to approve. If the UK had still been a full member of the EU this Country would have been tied to a common date for rollout of any vaccine.

      • Unless Dumpton is very aged or has extremely serious health conditions they will going by the online calculator for the jab be waiting at least seven months, probably longer. In reality by the time everybody has been offered a jab where the companies have no idea how long it will be effective(as stated in the FDA leaflet for the Pfizer jab) for it is highly probable that Covid will no longer pose a significant national threat.

        • Yes I am aged Steve, and in my newspaper this morning I will get my vaccination after all Care Home staff and residents have had theirs, the over 80’s (which I am nearly but not quite), then its all Front Line Health & Social Care workers, then its the 75’s and over, which includes me! Followed by the 50’s and over, then the rest of the population.

          It says the first 22 million people should be vaccinated by April, probably all those mentioned above, up to the over 50’s! The Oxford/Astrazenica vaccine need a 2nd dose at 3 months, until then those vaccinated will only be 70% effective after 22 days, and after the 2nd jab they will be fully effective. Hope that clears it up!

    • Seeing as most people will not even be offered the jab until some point between June & October why would you want to refuse treatment to them exactly?

      As for the vaccine-have a look & see if you can see the logical issues with the FDA leaflet details.

      WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PFIZER-B IONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?In an ongoing clinical trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19 following 2 doses given 3 weeks apart. The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.

      WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE PFIZER-BIONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine include:• injection site pain • tiredness• headache • muscle pain • chills• joint pain • fever• injection site swelling • injection site redness• nausea • feeling unwell• swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

      There is a remote chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:• Difficulty breathing • Swelling of your face and throat• A fast heartbeat• A bad rash all over your body• Dizziness and weaknessThese may not be all the possible side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

      5.3 Limitation of Effectiveness The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may not protect all vaccine recipients.

      In clinical studies, adverse reactions in participants 16 years of age and older included pain at the injection site (84.1%), fatigue (62.9%), headache (55.1%), muscle pain (38.3%), chills (31.9%), joint pain (23.6%), fever (14.2%), injection site swelling (10.5%), injection site redness (9.5%), nausea (1.1%), malaise (0.5%), and lymphadenopathy (0.3%). Severe allergic reactions have been reported following the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine during mass vaccination outside of clinical trials.

      Serious adverse events are defined as:•Death•A life-threatening adverse event•Inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization •A persistent or significant incapacity or substantial disruption of the ability to conduct normal life functions•A congenital anomaly/birth defect•An important medical event that based on appropriate medical judgement may jeopardize the individual and may require medical or surgical intervention to prevent one of the outcomes listed above.

  2. I for one am all in favour of a “vaccination passport” sort of thing.
    It’s almost certainly the case that airlines, travel companies, foreign countries will require some sort of proof of vaccination before people are allowed to embark or visit.
    I see no reason at all why those who exercise their right not to be vaccinated should also be obliged to exercise their responsibilities by a) not providing an unnecessary burden on the NHS and b) not putting at risk other people.

    • The sort of thing the Nazi’s would come up with. Is that the limit then Phyllis, wouldn’t you like to stop people from buying food or even going out of their front door until they have a jab? Paint something on their front doors to ‘shame them’ perhaps? Maybe send the army round to force people to have it at gunpoint? What about those who have been advised not to have it for medical reasons?

    • Good idea.

      The info sheets in the boxes my prescription drugs come in have long list of possible reactions, graded by how common or rare they are. If Steve is in good health, he may not be aware of this.

    • Chris, maybe you can make us aware how long the vaccine works for? because Pfizer in the FDA leaflet make it clear they have no idea if it lasts for 3 months, 6 months or a year & I doubt the Oxford bods will know either.

      They also state they cannot guarantee it will work on everybody-so you could get the jab & still contract it & pass it on. Also seeing as the vast majority of people will not get it until some point between late June & late September-even if I could have it the online calculator tells me there are around 40 million ahead of me.

      Seeing as the vast majority will not get the jabs until when the summer holiday season is over it seems your idea will only be effective for putting the airlines out of business. I suppose you will not mind giving up any planned holidays either, if you aren’t elderly or in a very high risk category?

  3. Great news, once this oxford vaccine and the other cold offering are available in bulk. Then we just need practioners to shove it up us.

    We need many practioners available iirc schools were to close until spring 2021, teaching staff were to be temporarily seconded & trained to do testing & vaccinations under supervision on school premises.

    So having multiple vaccine’s coming bulk available is great news, Hopefully some vaccine testing has been carried out with regard to people who regularly or have historic utilised illegal highs.
    some old news from abroad suggests illegal high’s/lows do not affect this vaccine but possible side effects of double incontinence or memory loss.

    nothing new here in Ramsagte.

  4. Looks like the first possible death from the Pfizer jab in Switzerland was announced today, wonder what joys this one brings?

    The resident, who received the coronavirus vaccine on Christmas Eve, had previously reacted negatively to the flu shot, according to the report. The person, who had dementia, complained of urethral and abdominal pain on Saturday, the Swiss outlet reported. Later, the resident’s blood pressure dropped and pulse spiked. On Monday, the facility did not report the patient’s worsening condition, reported. The following day, the doctor was informed but the patient died soon after, according to the outlet.

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