Coronavirus Vaccinations Begin Today (Tues 8 Dec)

This is how a couple of leading media outlets are reporting this important news as Coronavirus vaccinations begin to be administered in the UK:

New Scientist

First Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations will be administered in the UK starting Tuesday

The UK is preparing to administer the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech tomorrow, less than a week after the vaccine was given temporary authorisation for emergency use. The first doses of the vaccine were delivered to hospitals on Sunday, which is where the first vaccinations will take place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland tomorrow. In England, vaccinations will be administered at 50 hospital hubs. The first to receive the shots are expected to be older people already attending outpatient hospital appointments, and those being discharged home after a hospital stay. Other people over 80 will also be invited to visit hospitals to receive the injection, and care home providers will be able to book appointments for their staff. Healthcare workers who are at highest risk of getting severely ill with covid-19 will be offered any unused appointments. Older people, care home residents and staff, as well as frontline health and social care workers will be the first to receive the vaccine in Scotland. In Wales, frontline health and social care workers are expected to be first in line, while in Northern Ireland care home residents and healthcare workers are expected to be prioritised.

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BBC Website

A 90-year-old woman has become the first person to be given a Covid jab as part of the mass vaccination programme being rolled out across the UK. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was the “best early birthday present”. She was given the injection at 06:31 GMT – the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be given in the coming weeks. Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month. Hubs in the UK will vaccinate over-80s and some health and care staff – the programme aims to protect the most vulnerable and return life to normal. Matron May Parsons administered Ms Keenan’s vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry. More details