Vaccines highly effective against Indian variant after 2 doses

A new study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant is similar after 2 doses compared to the B.1.1.7 (Kent) variant dominant in the UK, and we expect … Continue reading Vaccines highly effective against Indian variant after 2 doses

Vaccine – A Guide To How They Work & Eligibility

Covid-19 vaccines: how they work and who is eligible if you have a disability or chronic illness is a regularly updated feature on the Disability Horizons website The first three Covid-19 vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna – have been approved in the UK. Read the full article for a very detailed analysis of the various … Continue reading Vaccine – A Guide To How They Work & Eligibility

Vaccine Report: Blood Clots “Extremely Rare”

From the BMJ Website Investigations by EU and UK regulators into reports of unusual blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine have concluded that these are a “possible” and “extremely rare” side effect. Neither agency established a causal relation. However, although both regulators concluded that no age restrictions were necessary for the vaccine, the … Continue reading Vaccine Report: Blood Clots “Extremely Rare”

Vaccination Priority For Those Living With Immunosuppressed Adults

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the government to prioritise people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine who are over 16 and living with adults who have weakened immune systems, such as those with blood cancer, HIV or those on immunosuppressive treatment including chemotherapy. Adults who are immunosuppressed have a weaker immune system, … Continue reading Vaccination Priority For Those Living With Immunosuppressed Adults

Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in the over 70s found a “notable” rise in … Continue reading Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!

AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease

Article from the BMJ website Interim analysis of a phase III trial has found that the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and admission to hospital. The results, announced in an AstraZeneca press release, have yet to be formally peer … Continue reading AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease

West Yorkshire Covid-19 vaccination update

The vaccine rollout in West Yorkshire is continuing apace, with latest figures (5 March) showing that 683,801 people have now been vaccinated. This is almost a third of all adults in the region and reflects the huge efforts of the NHS, local authorities and voluntary and community organisations to encourage people to have their vaccinations. … Continue reading West Yorkshire Covid-19 vaccination update