Healthcare professionals across the UK are administering a new vaccine to protect against infection from the Covid 19 disease from today, with the first injection given in Coventry. The MP for Keighley and Ilkley Robbie Moore has welcomed the rollout of the programme, stating that the vaccines will be a game changer for residents in his constituency.
The current vaccine is produced by Pfizer and was approved for use in the UK by the medicines’ regulator last week. 800,000 doses will be given over the coming weeks, with up to 4 million more expected by the end of the month.
There were jubilant scenes At University Hospital Coventry where 90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the first vaccine. Seventy Vaccination Centres have been set up at hospitals across the country, with Care Home residents and their carers at the top of the list of those to be protected.
Commenting Robbie said: “This really will be a game changer for people across Keighley and Ilkley. The Covid crisis has taken over all aspects of our lives so this is the light at the end of the tunnel.
“It is only fair that vulnerable people and those on the front line of the fight against the virus are first in the queue to receive the vaccination. I will definitely get the vaccine myself, but only when it is my turn.
“The UK has some of the most rigorous testing processes and our regulator has been following the research process from the beginning to ensure the vaccine’s safety. It is therefore an incredible achievement to be able to roll this out within a year of research beginning.
“As case numbers continue to fall across Bradford District, I hope we will soon be able to relax the tough restrictions to which we’re being subjected.”
The first delivery of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in the Bradford district on Monday 14 December.