The first jab went to 82-year-old dialysis patient Brian Pinker at Oxford University Hospital, according to NHS England. Pinker said the vaccination brought peace of mind as he looks forward to celebrating his 48th wedding anniversary with his wife Shirley in February.
The vaccine will be distributed to a limited number of hospitals for “surveillance purposes,” said to be standard practice, before a broader rollout to hundreds of general practitioners’ services later in the week.
- The U.S. has yet to approve the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, though other vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer have already rolled out nationwide.
- The U.K. is experiencing intense virus spread; recording 54,990 new infections and 454 deaths Sunday.
The U.K. is experiencing intense virus spread; recording 54,990 new infections and 454 deaths Sunday.
The news comes as the U.K. battles an intense period of virus spread amid a mutated strain, logging over 50,000 new daily infections in recent days.
The kickstart of the vaccination program also comes amid talk of U.K. officials backing a decision to extend the period between Pfizer and Oxford’s two-dose vaccination regimen to 12 weeks, as opposed to three, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson also defending the idea.
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