Government reveals who will be first to get Covid vaccine after breakthrough

The government has revealed its priority list for the roll-out of a coronavirus vaccine.

It will go first of all to care home residents and older people aged 80 and above.

It comes after Pfizer announced it had found a vaccine that was over 90% effective in interim studies.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said: ‘Following on from those aged 65 and above, we will prioritise adults who have an underlying health condition that puts them at risk of Covid-19.

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‘We will keep going down the age bands to individuals who are 50 and above.

‘That describes phase 1 which is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable.

‘We have not decided yet on who else should be vaccinated beyond phase 1.’

He said that other people may be offered the vaccine, but other recommendations will come ‘in due course’.

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