Coronavirus jabs available to public if booked patients skip vaccine appointment
Coronavirus vaccine: Jeremy Vine discusses 'leftover' jabs
Jeremy Vine told viewers that it is possible for the public to receive “leftover” coronavirus vaccinations if patients with a booking fail to turn up for their allotted jab. The TV host told viewers on Friday’s episode of his daily programme that a Labour politician had informed him of the opportunity. He said: “Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, I’m not accusing him of doing anything wrong, but he said how he got a coronavirus vaccine early at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth’s hospital because he joined a queue for left overdoses.
“So he told people. He was upfront about it, he said it is not very well known but at the end of the day any vaccine left unused because people have not turned up for their appointments is made available at the QE vaccination hub and we can’t afford to waste any doses.”
“News to me!” exclaimed the presenter.
Guest Anne Diamond added: “I had heard this happened in America as well that a load of students decided to queue outside a hospital in case there was any leftover and they all got vaccinated.”
The vaccine roll-out across the UK officially began on December 8 after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab a week earlier.
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Additional vaccines have since become available as the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab also gained the approval of the agency.
And on Friday the Moderna inoculation joined its predecessors after permission for distribution was granted in the UK.
The Government ordered 17 million doses of the new jab but supplies are not expected to be delivered before spring 2021.
The vaccine is 94 percent effective in preventing disease, including in the elderly.
Moderna coronavirus vaccine approved for use in the UK
As agreed when the UK originally pre-ordered the vaccine, supplies will begin to be delivered to the UK from spring once Moderna expands its production capability.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is further great news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this awful disease.
“We have already vaccinated nearly 1.5 million people across the UK and Moderna’s vaccine will allow us to accelerate our vaccination programme even further once doses become available from the spring.
“While we immunise those most at risk from Covid, I urge everyone to continue following the rules to keep cases low to protect our loved ones.”
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Business Secretary Alok Sharma said he was “delighted” that 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine had been ordered, following news of its approval for use in the UK.
He tweeted: “NEW: the Moderna-tx vaccine is authorised for use in the UK!
“I’m also delighted confirm the beisgovukVaccine Taskforce has today secured a further 10m doses of their vaccine, taking our total order to 17m.
“Another huge step towards ending lockdown and returning to normal life.”
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