Category “Vaccines”

UK regulator approves Pfizer vaccines for 12-15-year-olds

June 8th, 2021

The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) conducted an extensive review of the vaccine and members have now confirmed that the jab is safe for use in children aged 12 and over. The vaccine had already been approved for over 16s in […]

UK regulator approves single-shot Janssen vaccine

June 1st, 2021

The UK medicines regulator has approved the single-shot vaccine produced by Janssen.  The single-dose vaccine, which is expected to be available in the UK later in the year, recorded efficacy rates of 85% in stopping severe disease and has now satisfied safety standards following an extensive review.  The Janssen vaccine is the fourth jab approved […]

Under 40s to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

May 11th, 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has released new guidelines, suggesting that under 40s in the UK should be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Previously, the JCVI released new guidance for under 30s but this advice has now been extended to include those aged 30-39. The UK safety regulator revealed that […]

UK sets new record for second doses as vaccine rollout continues

April 13th, 2021

The UK set a new record for second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine over the weekend of the 10th/11th April. On Saturday 10th April, more than 475,000 second doses were provided. Saturday marked the fourth consecutive day of delivering over 400,000 second vaccine doses per day. More than 111,000 first doses were also administered on […]

NHS confirms next stage of vaccine rollout after reaching first target

March 23rd, 2021

The NHS has confirmed the launch of the second phase of the vaccine rollout after ministers announced that the first stage had been completed by Monday 15th February. The first stage of the rollout, which began in December 2020, was to vaccinate the top four priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and […]

Mumps cases reach 10-year high, as professionals promote MMR vaccine

February 18th, 2020
Mumps cases reach 10-year high, as professionals promote MMR vaccine

The number of cases of mumps in England has reached a 10-year high. Health experts are urging people to make sure they have had both doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, as the number of cases among young adults rose to 5,042 in 2019. This represents a four-fold increase from 2018. There […]

Health Secretary considers compulsory vaccinations for children, as uptake falls-3933-2282-5470

October 1st, 2019

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is considering introducing compulsory vaccination for children in England, as recent statistics confirm uptake rates have fallen.  Speaking at the Tory Party conference in Manchester, Mr Hancock suggested that he is thinking about the measure in a bid to tackle falling rates of immunisation and protect children from preventable illnesses. […]

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