New vaccine calculator works out date you will get doses

Somerset’s vaccine roll-out has been accelerating at pace over the past month as new sites have been opening by the week.

Across our county there are now 18 vaccination sites, including two large vaccination sites at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath and West Showground, two hospital hubs and 13 GP-led community sites.

However, there’s still hundreds of thousands of people in our area anxiously waiting for their call to action.

During a Downing Street press conference today (February 1) Matt Hancock revealed every care home resident and staff member in the country had now been offered the life-saving drug, and almost all over-80s and half of over-70s.

For people outside of the priority demographics and professions, however, it could be a few months yet until they’re pulling up their sleeves ready for vaccination.

Reach Data Unit has now launched an interactive tool, through which people can find out when they are likely to get their first dose and when their second dose should follow – scroll down to try it out.

Simply answer the yes/no questions and it will return a date range, based on the proportion of people vaccinated since December 8 against the nine-point priority list released by the government, reports the Mirror.

It will also estimate how many people are waiting ahead of you in the queue for the vaccine.

With new variants causing concern and no telling when lockdown could be lifted, vaccines are being upheld as the key to beating the virus in the long-term.

It has been two months since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the UK on December 2, becoming the first coronavirus vaccine to be authorised anywhere in the world.

The Government began administering the vaccine on December 8, with Margaret Keenan, a grandmother from Coventry, the first person in the world to receive a Covid vaccination.

This was followed on December 30 by the approval of the cheaper and easier to distribute Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

A third vaccine, produced by Moderna, was approved for use in the UK in early January, with several others expected to follow in the first quarter of 2021.

More than 9.2 m people have already received the first dose and 491,053 the second, as of February 1

In December, the government published a list of nine vulnerable groups who will be given priority, following the advice of the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The list is as follows, in order of priority:

1) Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2) All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3) All those 75 years of age and over
4) All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5) All those 65 years of age and over
6) All individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

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7) All those 60 years of age and over
8) All those 55 years of age and over
9) All those 50 years of age and over

Yeovil resident Jean Cook, 84, was among the first to receive the vaccination in Somerset on December 9 – nearly two months ago.

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