THE CORONAVIRUS vaccine programme is well underway across the UK and so far almost 9.3million Brits have received a jab.
Millions more Britons are set to receive their first vaccine dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs at vaccine sites and GP surgeries across the country – and this calculator reveals when you will get yours.
If the current vaccination rate continues, all adults could get their first dose by May, based on the current uptake of 70 per cent.
The online calculator reveals when you will be in line to receive your first and second dose based on the current seven-day vaccination rate.
Official data shows that 338,971 first doses are being given out every day – this is the seven-day average.
The tool uses your age, health and whether you work for the NHS to determine where you are in the queue.
If this rate continues, ministers will hit their target of giving the most vulnerable Britons (14million) their first dose by the third week of February.
And all other adults could get their first dose between May and July and their second 12 weeks later, based on the current uptake of 70 per cent.
The next stage of the NHS vaccine programme will target the three million people aged between 65 and 69.
People in this bracket should start to receive their letters next week, according to The Telegraph.
Nearly nine in 10 over-80s and half of over-70s have had their first jab, with the government on target to offer vaccines to all over-70s by February 15.
All older care home residents and staff have been offered a jab, with Mr Hancock praising Britain’s “incredible” vaccine rollout.
The Government has a list of nine high-priority groups it aims to get through before the general population will get vaccinated.
Pascal Soriot, boss of vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca, said he believed the UK was on course to administer doses to “maybe 28 or 30million people” by March – which is half the population.
And the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government was working to the early autumn target, with all adults offered their first jab by September.
“If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the roadmap”, he told Sophy Ridge on January 17.
Brian Pinker, 82, was the first to receive the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials on December 4Credit: Reuters
When will you get your vaccine?
Omni’s vaccine queue calculator will estimate for you how many people are ahead of you in the queue to get a Covid vaccine in the UK.
It also predicts how long you might have to wait to get your first and then second dose.
All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.
It’s based on the Government’s priority list and the likely rate of vaccination.
It can be adjusted based on how fast the vaccines are deployed – with a speedy operation the key to ending lockdowns.
Omni also sets a default uptake rate of 70.6 per cent based on previous years’ flu vaccine figures.
In reality, this could be lower or higher, and changing this on the calculator either makes the queue longer or shorter.
The tool also takes into consideration that at the moment, the NHS is mostly giving first doses.
But it will soon need to ramp up the administration of second doses, slowing down the speed of the “first-dose rollout”.
Margaret Keenan, 91, the first Briton to receive the Pfizer jab, got her second dose on December 29Credit: Handout – Getty
With the current vaccination rate and 70 per cent uptake:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,746,528 a week and an uptake of 70.6 per cent, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 10/05/2021 and 03/07/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 02/08/2021 and 25/09/2021.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition:
You should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 04/03/2021 and 07/04/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 27/05/2021 and 30/06/2021.
You should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 20/02/2021 and 04/03/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 15/05/2021 and 27/05/2021.
If 100 per cent of people accepted their vaccine offer, it would take longer for a healthy 25-year-old to get their vaccine
With the current vaccination rate but with 100 per cent uptake:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,746,528 a week and an uptake of 100%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 09/07/2021 and 23/09/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 01/10/2021 and 16/12/2021.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition:
You should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 18/03/2021 and 05/05/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 10/06/2021 and 28/07/2021.
You should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 28/02/2021 and 18/03/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 23/05/2021 and 10/06/2021.
The calculator is only a model to give a broad idea of how long you may need to wait for your jab.
The Government have explained everyone must wait until they are contacted by the NHS, offering them an appointment.
The official prioritisation list, drawn up by the JCVI
New strains raise fears
The vaccine rollout is making significant process amid the threat of new coronavirus variants.
New strains which emerged in Kent, South Africa and Brazil – all of which are in the UK – have the potential to weaken the vaccines’ efficacy.
Research from manufacturers so far suggests the vaccines approved in the UK work against the Kent strain, but that the South African and Brazil mutations are more problematic.
Public Health England (PHE) is studying whether those who have already had the vaccine could need a booster shot “a bit like the annual flu vaccine” to help protect them against Covid mutations.
Dr Susan Hopkins from Public Health England (PHE) said at the Downing Street briefing on February 1: “We expect all other vaccines to have a similar level of effectiveness, particularly in reducing hospitalisation and death.”
Scientists have expressed their concerns about vaccines following the news that the South African variant is now spreading within the UK.
But Sage member Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, told Sky News the UK will not be back to square one if new variants reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
Sir Ian McKellen, 81, gives a thumbs up after having his Covid jab at the Queen Mary University Hospital in LondonCredit: � Jeff Moore / eyevine
The NHS vaccine roll-out has begun, but there is a priority list. Pictured: Entertainer Lionel Blair, 92, receives the Pfizer/BioNtech jab at the horse racing course at Epsom, Surrey on December 16Credit: AFP
He said scientists are “pretty confident” the vaccines work against the variant that emerged in Kent.
But added: “We know less about the variants in Brazil and South Africa and there are some laboratory data that suggests that immunity to them may be reduced but really very too early to say for sure.
“We would expect the vaccines to still be very worthwhile and very good at preventing severe disease”, Prof Hayward said.
Professor Robin Shattock, who is leading Covid-19 vaccine research at Imperial College London, said scientists are working on vaccines which could counter new variants like the one that had emerged in South Africa.
“We need to remember that more changes may occur – but these vaccines won’t go from working well to not working at all”, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Vaccines are the only way to put an end to crippling lockdowns, and so the faster they can be given, the quicker lives can return to normal.
Officials say the NHS is capable of the huge programme, but relies on sufficient supplies coming through to keep up pace.
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