2 Dec 2020

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved for rollout in UK from next week

Health and Social Care Editor

This is a huge moment, the prime minister declared today – with the Covid vaccine rollout beginning as soon as next week.

The over 80s will be first in line, with care home residents having to wait just a little longer until the logistical challenge of transporting the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are overcome.

50 hospitals in England are on standby, with community venues like sports stadiums and conference centres also being pressed into action as vaccine centres.

Scotland will begin the first vaccines there early next week, while Wales hopes to start its roll-out within 7 to 14 days.

Mr Johnson said approving the jab meant we could now be “sure and certain” of a return to normal life/ But he warned there are long months ahead.