An overview of the vaccine programme

Following extensive trials, four safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved in the UK by regulators. Three are currently available. The fourth (Jannsen) will become available in due course.

Vaccines are now being delivered in hundreds of hospital hubs, local vaccination services, and in local pharmacies.

The NHS is continuing to prioritise people that the Joint Committee on Vaccination (JCVI) and government has decided will benefit the most including domiciliary care staff.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

The NHS is making excellent progress rolling out Covid-19 vaccines. For example, by the middle of July 2021 London has delivered approaching 10 million vaccinations – More than 5.8 million first doses, and nearly 4 million second doses and is on track to deliver to all of the adult population who choose to be vaccinated.

The first dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone must get a second dose, so we are urging all people to come back when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked.

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