The UK has approved the worlds first coronavirus vaccine
By DTA | 2nd December 2020 | News
The vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world.
Vaccines will only be used if they are approved by the MHRA. The MHRA has been monitoring every stage of coronavirus vaccine development.
So far, thousands of people have been given a coronavirus vaccine and no serious side effects or complications have been reported.
The NHS will start giving the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available.
At first, the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, before being offered more widely.
We expect the vaccine will first be offered to:
- people who live in care homes and care home workers
- people aged 80 and over
- health and social care workers in England
The final decision on who will get the vaccine first will follow advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).