IF you're under the age of 50, chances are you might have to wait a bit longer for your first Covid jab.
This week it emerged that delays to the vaccine supplies mean that no first jab appointments will be booked for the under 50s in April.
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So far, more than 25.7 million Brits have had their first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer/BioNTech, while 1.8 million people have had two doses.
Ministers had promised bumper supply from mid-March would see record daily jabs in arms.
But NHS bosses have told GPs to focus on delivering second shots to older patients and first doses to over-50s over the coming weeks.
It means the second phase of the immunisation blitz is unlikely to start before mid-April.
The delay has led many Brits to question when they will get their vaccine.
But a handy online calculator can help predict when you're likely to get your jab.
Omni's vaccine queue calculator will estimate for you how many people are ahead of you in the queue to get a Covid vaccine in the UK.
You can also use the calculator that only applies to England, which is more specific.
All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.
In a letter sent earlier this week, NHS chiefs warn of a “significant reduction” in weekly supply from March 29.
It said “volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained” for the following four weeks.
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Scientific advisers have confirmed that the vaccine programme will continue to prioritise people by age after those in their 80s were put at the top of the list.
People aged between 40 and 49 will be next in line for the jab, followed by the 30-39s age group and then all those 18 to 29.
As the vaccine rollout continues across the country the handy vaccine calculator reveals when you will be in line to receive your first and second dose – based on the current seven-day vaccination rate.
In phase 2 of the government's rollout priority will be given in the following order:
- All those aged 40-49
- All those aged 30-39
- All those aged 18-29
These groups will be vaccinated once all those in phase 1 (the over-50s and most vulnerable) have received a jab.
Data also shows that the rollout has made a difference to hospitalisations and research published by Public Health England indicated that a single dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine is more than 80 per cent effective at preventing hospitalisation for over 80's, around a month after receiving it.
The tool uses your age, health and whether you work for the NHS to determine where you are in the queue.
The NHS is working its way through a priority list, set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
There are nine high-priority groups it aims to get through before the general population will get vaccinated.
Vaccines have already been given to the top four groups comprising 15 million people – all over-70s, extremely vulnerable individuals, care home residents and staff and frontline healthcare workers.
Anyone in these groups who has not received their jab has been urged to contact the NHS to get it.
The aim is to reach everyone over 50 by mid-April, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed, an earlier target than the initial "end of April".
When will you get your vaccine?
Omni's vaccine queue calculator will give you an idea of when you can expect to be vaccinated.
It's based on the Government's priority list and the likely rate of vaccination.
It can be adjusted based on how fast the vaccines are deployed – with a speedy operation the key to ending lockdowns.
Omni also sets a default uptake rate of 75 per cent based on previous years' flu vaccine figures.
In reality, this could be lower or higher, and changing this on the calculator either makes the queue longer or shorter.
In the first four priority groups, there was an uptake of more than 90 per cent.
The tool also takes into consideration that at the moment, the NHS is mostly giving first doses.
But it will soon need to ramp up the administration of second doses, slowing down the speed of the "first-dose rollout".
With the current vaccination rate and 75 per cent uptake:
- A healthy 25-year-old:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 75%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 19/05/2021 and 29/07/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 11/08/2021 and 21/10/2021.
- A 40-year-old with an underlying health condition:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 75%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 24/02/2021 and 29/03/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 19/05/2021 and 21/06/2021.
- A 58-year-old:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 75%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 13/04/2021 and 30/04/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 06/07/2021 and 23/07/2021.
With the current vaccination rate but with 100 per cent uptake:
- A healthy 25-year-old:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 100%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 28/06/2021 and 19/09/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 20/09/2021 and 12/12/2021.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 100%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 06/03/2021 and 21/04/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 29/05/2021 and 14/07/2021.
- A 58-year-old:
Given a vaccination rate of 2,508,384 a week and an uptake of 100%, you should expect to receive your first dose of vaccine between 11/05/2021 and 03/06/2021. You should then get your second dose by between 03/08/2021 and 26/08/2021.
The calculator is only a model to give a broad idea of how long you may need to wait for your jab.
Aside from the over-70s, the Government have explained everyone must wait until they are contacted by the NHS, offering them an appointment.
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