Category “Vaccines”

Health secretary confirms vaccine passports will not be introduced in England

September 14th, 2021
Health secretary confirms vaccine passports will not be introduced in England

The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that vaccine passports will not be introduced in England. Mr Javid made the announcement on the BBC, stating that plans to use the passports in venues, such as nightclubs, should not be done “for the sake of it.” There had been widespread speculation that vaccine passes would be […]

NHS launches new video encouraging young people to get vaccinated

August 24th, 2021
NHS launches new video encouraging young people to get vaccinated

The NHS has launched a new video highlighting the risks of long Covid to encourage young people to get vaccinated. As the government reached its target of inviting everyone over 16 in England to have a vaccine by August 23rd, a new video has been released to urge young adults and teens to get the […]

All 16 and 17-year-olds in England set to be offered Covid-19 vaccine from August 23rd

August 17th, 2021

All sixteen and 17-year-olds in England are expected to be able to book a vaccine from the 23rd August, the government has announced. The health secretary has confirmed that all teenagers aged 16 and 17 will be able to book a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of August. Sajid Javid said that setting this ambitious […]

England’s chief midwife issues plea for pregnant women to have the Covid-19 vaccine

August 3rd, 2021

England’s chief midwife has issued a plea for pregnant women to come forward and have a Covid-19 vaccine. Estimates based on data collected from GP surgeries and Public Health England (PHE) records suggest that hundreds of thousands of women have not yet been vaccinated. The number of pregnant women in hospital with Covid-19 is increasing […]

Moderna vaccine approved for teens in the EU

July 27th, 2021
Moderna vaccine approved for teens in the EU

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the Moderna vaccine for teenagers. The Moderna vaccine will now be available to vaccinate 12-17-year-olds across the EU. The vaccine is the second to be approved for teens after the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. The US-made vaccine requires two doses with an interval of at least four weeks. The decision […]

Fully vaccinated NHS staff may be exempt from isolation rules

July 13th, 2021
Fully vaccinated NHS staff may be exempt from isolation rules

Members of NHS staff who have had both Covid-19 jabs may be exempt from isolation rules as part of new guidelines under consideration by ministers. Health bosses have urged the government to consider altering the current rules to try and reduce the risk of staff shortages at a time when case numbers are rising. Sources […]

‘Grab a jab’ scheme encourages all over 18s to get a vaccine

June 29th, 2021

Thousands of people across the country took advantage of a new scheme designed to make it as easy as possible to get a vaccine over the weekend of the 26th/27th June. The ‘Grab a Jab’ initiative in England is making use of large facilities, including shopping centres, stadiums and entertainment venues, to encourage people who […]

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 […]

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