According to the NHS, the speed boost for the NHS vaccine drive no longer needs to be monitored for 15 minutes, according to the NHS
- The 15 minute waiting period was introduced last month in case of an allergic reaction
- Experts have estimated the likelihood of this at around one in a million
- Critics feared the advice could increase the likelihood of someone catching Covid
Patients receiving the Oxford vaccine will not need to be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the sting, the NHS has confirmed.
This means the sites can dispense more doses each day, which greatly increases ministers' offer to vaccinate 13 million people by mid-February.
The 15 minute guideline was set last month when the first British were given the Pfizer vaccine in case patients had a dangerous allergic reaction.
New guidelines published by NHS England have confirmed that those who receive the Oxford vaccination, such as Lorna Lucas, 81, do not require a 15-minute observation
Experts say the risk of such a reaction is around one in a million – and critics feared that politics would actually increase the likelihood of patients catching Covid in waiting rooms.
Now, new guidelines published by NHS England confirm that those who received the Oxford push developed with AstraZeneca do not require a 15 minute observation. The UK has ordered 100 million doses of this vaccine compared to 40 million from Pfizer.
The government has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine compared to 40 million from Pfizer
Dr. Steven Rossi, Clinical Director of the North East Derbyshire Primary Care Network, welcomed the guide as "fantastic news". He said the Pfizer sting's 15-minute observation period effectively halved the number of patients who could be seen in a day.
NHS England said those given the Pfizer vaccine should be monitored for 15 minutes after vaccination, "with a longer observation period if indicated after MHRA clinical evaluation".