Amid fears of a new fast-spreading Coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom, the health authorities allegedly made a decision to adopt a "mix and match" approach to COVID-19 vaccination, according to a report. Priority is being given to the over-60s, health workers and people who are clinically vulnerable.
People 65 years and above who have not yet been contacted can now call the PHCC hotline 40277077 to book an appointment.
A total of 2,217,025 vaccine doses were distributed for use on long-term care facilities and 282,740 people in the facilities got their first dose, the agency said.
UK guidelines contradict U.S. approach: The updated UK guidance contradicts guidelines in the United States for the two vaccines it has authorized, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
Trial data on a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech has varied: interim data from a late-stage trial in Turkey showed its CoronaVac shot is 91.25 percent effective, while researchers in Brazil say the shot was more than 50 percent effective. Several other countries, including Saudi Arabia and Mexico, have also approved it.
Vardhan also reviewed dry run of administering COVID-19 vaccine at Urban Primary Health Centre at Daryaganj.
He told the Mail on Sunday: "The evidence clearly shows vaccinated individuals get nearly complete protection after the first dose".
Matthew W., 45, a nurse at two different local hospitals, said in a Facebook post on December 18 that he had received the Pfizer vaccine, telling the ABC News affiliate that his arm was sore for a day but that he had suffered no other side-effects.
The UK has approved two vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech jab and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. "Drawing from WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) population prioritisation recommendations for Covid-19 vaccines, which were issued in September, the group will convene on Jan 5 to formulate vaccine specific policies and recommendations".
Under the government's plans, second vaccine doses will take place within 12 weeks of the first - rather than the 21 days initially planned - in an effort to maximise coverage and expand the number of people getting the first vaccination.
Ramers further said that Matthew might have been infected before receiving the anti-COVID vaccine and he may not have been aware of it. According to ABC 10 News, Matthew went to a hospital on December 26 to get tested for the virus and was confirmed as COVID-19 positive. As mentioned earlier, you need to get two shots of the vaccine to get immunized, and it will be very hard to judge who is where in their vaccination schedule, and it will be hard to get an idea how well protected they are, as per Forbes.