The government has accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.
This follows rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA, which has concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes. It has already vaccinated hundreds of thousands of patients with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and its roll out will continue. Now the NHS will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to roll out the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine.
It is vital that none of us become complacent
James Williams, Medway Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “It is encouraging that another COVID-19 vaccine has been approved, giving those in the highest risk groups the opportunity to be vaccinated sooner. The NHS is leading on the rollout of the vaccines and we will continue to support our health care colleagues where we can, particularly while they continue to face significant challenges.
"Despite the encouraging news about a new vaccine, it is vital that none of us become complacent. The rate of infection remains high in Medway so it is vital we all continue to follow the latest government guidelines. We all have a part to play to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones.”