Dec 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Vaccine rollout 'marathon not a sprint' - Powis

The coronavirus vaccine is the "Beginning of the end" of the epidemic in the UK, Prof Stephen Powis has said, as vaccinations begin on Tuesday. Frontline health staff, those over 80, and care home workers will be first to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Because the Pfizer vaccine needs to stored and moved carefully each container is being inspected to ensure the vaccine vials have reached the UK in perfect condition. Although care home residents and staff are top of the priority list agreed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, they may not get the vaccine first "For operational reasons". As well as the challenge of delivering the vaccine, health experts are also conscious that the public needs to be educated and persuaded to support the vaccination programme.

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