A week after the UK became the first Western country to authorise widespread use of a vaccine against COVID-19, it is preparing to administer its first shots on Tuesday, local time, in its war on the virus.
Questions have emerged on what public role, if any, the Queen would have in the mass vaccination and public health effort.
The first 800,000 doses will first go to people over 80 who are either hospitalised or already have outpatient appointments scheduled, along with nursing home workers.
In other words, the National Health Service is saying to the waiting public, in effect: Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Only those who have been contacted by the NHS to arrange an appointment will be getting the jab. Read more…..
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This coming week, Britain will start its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations of its citizens. It’s a major logistical and life-saving initiative. The United Kingdom is preparing for mass inoculations with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, after it was authorized for emergency use in the country on Wednesday. The vaccines are made in Belgium and the first batches have arrived in the U.K. via the Eurotunnel. Our Europe bureau chief Crystal Goomansingh has more on what happens next.