Health chiefs urge social media sites to ban weight gain drug advertising

May 4th, 2021

UK health chiefs are urging social media sites to ban advertising for an illegal weight gain drug. NHS England has called for Instagram to put a stop to advertising for Apetamin, an appetite stimulant, which is currently illegal in the UK. Accounts promoting the drug are targeting users, most notably young women. Apetamin is not […]

44-year-olds encouraged to book vaccines as new campaign urges younger people to have the jab

April 30th, 2021

The vaccine rollout is continuing in the UK, as 44-year-olds in England have now been encouraged to book appointments. From Monday 26th April, 44-year-olds have been able to book their jab. Ministers have confirmed that more details will be made available in the coming days for those aged 40-44. The news comes as a new […]

UK advisers encourage pregnant women to take Covid-19 vaccine

April 30th, 2021

Advisers in the UK have proposed new guidelines encouraging pregnant women to take up the Covid-19 vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has released new advice, urging pregnant women to accept the vaccine when their age group is invited to book an appointment. Previously, pregnant women were advised against vaccination while research […]

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 […]

Regular rapid Covid tests to be available to all in England as lockdown measures ease

April 6th, 2021

The government has confirmed that twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests will be made available to all in England from Friday 9th April. Lateral flow tests, which provide results in 30 minutes, will be accessible to everyone in England as lockdown measures ease. It is hoped that offering free regular tests will help to suppress outbreaks quickly […]

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 […]

Charities back efforts to encourage vulnerable people to get Covid-19 vaccinations

March 16th, 2021

A number of high-profile charities have backed calls from the government and the NHS to encourage vulnerable people to get their Covid-19 vaccination. As the rollout progresses, those in priority group 6 are now being invited to book an appointment for their vaccine. This group includes people who have learning disabilities and those with underlying […]

UK vaccine rollout continues at speed as people aged 56-59 receive invitations

March 9th, 2021

The UK vaccine rollout is continuing to press on at speed, as people aged 56-59 receive invitations for their first injection. As part of the next phase of the rollout, which will target all over 50s, individuals aged 56 and over will receive an invitation this week. The government is hoping to vaccinate everyone over […]

UK vaccine rollout to continue with age as top priority

March 2nd, 2021

The UK’s vaccine rollout is to continue with age as the top priority. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has confirmed that the next phase of the rollout will begin with 40-50-year-olds. There had been speculation that some groups would be prioritised according to occupation, but the JCVI has specified age groups, rather […]

Research reveals first vaccine doses reduce hospitalisation risk dramatically

February 23rd, 2021

Research conducted by Public Health Scotland has revealed incredibly positive news about the impact of first doses of vaccines on Covid-19 hospitalisation rates.  Studies show that after four weeks of the first vaccine dose, hospitalisations fell by 85% for the Pfizer vaccine and 94% for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The research provides the first sign of […]

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