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 (opens in new tab) 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
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