Vaccine predictor: When will I get the Covid vaccine? What vaccine will I get?

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The UK’s coronavirus vaccine programme has widely been regarded as one of the most successful in the world. To date, more than 33 million people have received their first vaccine dose in the UK, while more than 10 million people have already received their second vaccine dose. The vaccine rollout programme is expected to continue over the coming months until the entire adult population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

When will I get the Covid vaccine?

The Covid vaccine is currently being offered to the following groups:

  • people aged 45 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Once everyone within these groups has been offered their vaccine, the next priority groups will be eligible.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) set out the priority list for the rest of the adult population earlier this year.

On the basis of age, groups will be offered the vaccine in the following order:

  • all those aged 40 to 49 years
  • all those aged 30 to 39 years
  • all those aged 18 to 29 years

As the over-45’s are currently being offered the Covid vaccine, it stands to reason the next group to be offered the vaccine will be people aged 40 and above.

People who are not yet eligible for the Covid vaccine have been told to wait until they are contacted by the NHS about a vaccine appointment.

However, to get a rough estimate of when you may receive the Covid vaccine, you can visit the Omni Queue Calculator site here. 

When people receive their Covid vaccine will be dependent on vaccine supply to the UK and capacity at vaccine centres.

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What vaccine will I get?

Currently, only three Covid vaccines have been approved for use in the UK: Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna.

All of the Covid vaccines approved in the UK have a good record on safety and efficacy.

When people are told they are eligible for vaccination, they are advised to promptly book their vaccine appointments.

There are several other Covid vaccines awaiting approval, so those who are not currently eligible for a vaccine may receive a different vaccine to the three currently approved in the future.

In most cases, people do not have a choice about which Covid vaccine they receive.

However, for certain medical reasons, some may be advised to have a specific Covid vaccine.

The advice of the UK health authorities is the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should not be offered to people under the age of 30 due to rare incidents of blood clotting.

Instead, people under the age of 30 will be offered an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab.

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