Oxford vaccine priority list in full and when rollout of Covid jab will start

A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca has finally been approved for use in the UK.

The government has already secured 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, enough to vaccinate 50million people.

Healthcare workers are already administering the jab to the most vulnerable, but it has to be stored at very cold temperatures.

The advantage of the Oxford vaccine is that it can be stored at fridge temperature for at least six months, so it’s hoped the logistics of administering it will be a lot easier.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has welcomed the approval was "fantastic news".

Here’s everything we know so far about who will get the newly approved vaccine, and when.

When will the vaccine be available?

The health secretary has confirmed that the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will begin on Monday, January 4.

He told BBC Breakfast: "The number that will be ready for the next week is in the hundreds and thousands and then the numbers increase significantly after that."

AstraZeneca aims to supply the UK with millions of doses in the first quarter of 2021.

As with the other vaccine, people will be given a first dose of the jab followed by a second dose up to 12 weeks later.

Who will receive the vaccine?

The priority list for who will receive the vaccine will remain the same.

All the people at highest risk, on the list created by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have not yet been vaccinated.

That means vaccinators will continue to work their way through the list.

But it is hoped that more people in care homes would be reached with the Oxford vaccine.

It will still take several months for the majority of the population to be vaccinated.

Mr Hancock has said the most vulnerable in the first phase, including all over 50-s, will be vaccinated "by the Spring".

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Here is the priority list of those who will receive the vaccine, based on guidance from JCVI:

1. Older adults in a care home and care home workers

2. All those who are 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers

3. All those who are 75 years of age and over

4. All those who are 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, excluding pregnant women and those under 18 years of age

5. All those who are 65 years of age and over

6. Individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions

7. All those aged 60 and over

8. All those aged 55 and over

9. All those aged 50 and over

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