The priority list for the coronavirus vaccine has been released, after the UK became the first country to approve the jab.
The coronavirus vaccine has been approved for UK use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and earlier tody the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) released the list of groups who will prioritised to get the vaccine.
The first phase of the UK's mass vaccine rollout will see everyone over the age of 50 vaccinated against the disease, with care home residents and their carers being the top of the priority list.
After care home residents and their carers, the vaccine will be rolled out to all those aged 80 and over alongside frontline healthcare and social care workers.
The rollout will kick off early next week after the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use.
However, the JCVI has revealed that both pregnant women and children under 11 will not receive the vaccine, as there is currently no data on its safety so it is not advised for pregnant women and young children.
"Women should be advised not to come forward for vaccination if they may be pregnant or are planning a pregnancy within three months of the first dose," said the JCVI.
They also added that "following infection, almost all children will have asymptomatic infection or mild disease" so won’t need to have the jab.
However it will be made available for "those children at very high risk of exposure and serious outcomes, such as older children with severe neuro-disabilities that require residential care".
Full JCVI priority list for the vaccine’s first phase:
1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 - All those aged 80 and over. Frontline health and social care workers
3 - All those aged 75 and over
4 - All those aged 70 and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 - All those aged 65 and over
6 - All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 - All those aged 60 and over
8 - All those aged 55 and over
9 - All those aged 50 and over
Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.
Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).
But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.
When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).
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