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Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 8:14 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first nation in the first nation in the world to begin vaccinating its people for COVID-19.

The BBC reports that UK will be administering doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, following a vaccination plan that focuses on nine priority groups.

Those priority groups are: residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers, all those 75 years of age and over, all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, all those 65 years of age and over, all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, all those 60 years of age and over, all those 55 years of age and over, and all those 50 years of age and over.

Recipients receive two shots, 21 days apart, with full immunity to begin seven days after the second shot. The BBC noted that residents in care homes will start to be vaccinated within two weeks and other high-priority groups will follow over the coming months.

“The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was found to be safe and effective by the UK medicines regulator last week, which approved it for mass use in over-16s – the first in the world to do so,” the BBC said.

The UK’s vaccination plan calls for an initial 800,000 doses, which will be enough for 400,000 people. The doses will be shared equitably between the four UK nations, with Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales saying that they have received their doses to start the rollout today.

The second phase of vaccination, which won’t start until well into 2021, will focus on the under-50s.

 

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