People in Wales are given ID cards that show they have been vaccinated against coronavirus, health minister says
People in Wales are said to be given ID cards to prove they have been vaccinated against coronavirus, it was announced today.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething revealed the move when he welcomed the news that Pfizer puffs had been approved by UK regulators.
The cards contain the date of vaccination with the claim that it will act as a "reminder" for those who know when to need the second dose.
However, it will raise fears that pubs, shops and other public establishments may ask for evidence before people can gain access.
UK government ministers have rejected the idea of preparing official "immunity passports" that would allow people to return to normal life after receiving a stab.
But Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested earlier this week that companies could ask to see them before letting people in.
In a statement to the Welsh Parliament, Mr Gething said: “Those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination will be given a credit card size NHS Wales vaccination card that has the vaccine name, vaccination date and batch number of each dose handwritten on them.
"These will serve as a reminder for a second dose, the type of vaccine and information on how to report side effects."
UK regulators today approved Pfizer / BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, which paves the way for mass vaccination in just a few days.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething revealed the move when he welcomed the news that Pfizer puffs had been approved by UK regulators
Officials said the batch – which Britain has ordered 40 million doses of – will be made available "starting next week" when Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "aid is on the way".
Department of Health and Welfare officials made the announcement just after 7am this morning as England exited its second national lockdown and stores reopened for "Wild Wednesday".
Pfizer / BioNTech's vaccine has been shown to block 95 percent of coronavirus infections in late-stage studies, with younger volunteers and those over 65 who are most at risk of Covid being equally effective.
Mr Hancock said the end of the pandemic was "in sight" today and revealed that 800,000 doses of the sting will be available next week – enough to vaccinate 400,000 people since it is administered in two shots – but conceded most of that won a rollout only in the new year.
He said: “The NHS is ready to start vaccinating early next week. The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine to supply. & # 39; Mr Hancock announced that those at risk from Covid will come first, meaning nursing home residents and workers will be contacted first – despite claims that NHS workers would come first.
And Mr Hancock urged England to abide by the controversial three-tier lockdown system that went into effect today following its approval last night. He said the end was "in sight" and "we must get people to safety in the meantime". He told BBC Breakfast: "Easter will be better and next year we will have a summer everyone can enjoy."
Boris Johnson welcomed the vaccine approval this morning, saying it would allow us to regain our lives and get the economy going again. The Prime Minister tweeted, “It's fantastic that @MHRAgovuk has officially approved the vaccine @ Pfizer / @ BioNTech_Group for Covid-19. The vaccine will be available across the UK from next week. It is the protection of vaccines that ultimately allows us to regain our lives and get the economy going again. & # 39;
Mass vaccination is seen as the only way to end the perpetual opening and closing of society through draconian lockdowns that have devastated the economy and general health.
In total, the UK will receive 10 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine by the end of the year, enough to vaccinate 5 million people. The remaining 40 million cans will be due in the first quarter of 2021.
Government advisors met this morning to iron out a final vaccine priority list after reports that NHS staff would now be the first to be vaccinated. Recent guidelines, prepared by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI), state that priority should be given to nursing home residents and the staff who care for them.
Pfizer's shock, however, must be stored at -70 ° C, which makes shipping the vaccine to nursing homes a logistical nightmare. Fifty NHS hospitals are already equipped with the super cold freezers, which means health workers are likely to be vaccinated first.
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