Moderna Covid vaccine ‘to be rolled out in England from MONDAY’ after AstraZeneca blood clot fears

THE Moderna jab is set to be rolled out in England from Monday – after the use of the AstraZeneca jab was halted for people aged under 30.

Government health advisers today confirmed at a medical briefing his belief that the UK's third vaccine will start being used in England from April 12.

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But experts are suspending use of the AstraZeneca jab for under 30s amid fears it can lead to rare, dangerous blood clots in the brain.

During a press conference, it was revealed that the jab won't be used for younger people in the UK.

However, from Monday, it's hoped there'll be the option to use Moderna for the young instead.

It comes as:

  • An unpaid carer, 24, has become the first person in the world to get the Moderna vaccine outside of trials
  • Brazil's Covid crisis is ‘spawning super-mutations every week that could destroy world’s fight against pandemic’
  • Pub opening times for April 12 have been revealed
  • Kids must carry on wearing masks in the classroom until at least May 17
  • There's fresh humiliation for the EU as Italians are forced to book lifesaving jabs in Serbia

Unpaid carer Elle Taylor, 24, who lives in Wales, was the first in the world outside of a trial to receive the vaccine this morning.

The UK is committed to buying 17million doses of Moderna, which is given – like Pfizer and AstraZeneca – in two doses several weeks apart.

Trials showed the jab was 95 per cent effective against Covid disease.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam sought to reassure Brits this afternoon.

He called the change in who is administered the jab a "course correction".

"If you could have said to me back in March 2020, and predicted how far we would have come so far with vaccination programme, I'm not sure I would have believed we'd have got as far as we have," he said.

"The UK's vaccination programme has been the most enormous success."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was delighted its UK rollout was starting – and it's hoped the vaccine will lend a much-needed boost to the nation’s sluggish deployment over the Easter weekend.

"The UK government has secured vaccines on behalf of the entire nation and the vaccination programme has shown our country working together at its best," he said.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the first batch of Moderna vaccines had arrived in the country on Monday and will be delivered over the coming months.

It has not been confirmed when the rollout of Moderna will begin in Northern Ireland.

The good news comes after a blow to the UK's hugely successful vaccination programme today when it was announced that AstraZeneca won't be used in younger patients.

It follows reports that, of the millions given the jab in the UK, 79 had gone on to have blood clots.

Of those patients, 19 have since died.

There are similar reports from Europe, and political leaders have repeatedly paused and reinstated the use of the vaccine amid a badly-bungled jabs roll-out.

The vaccine, which is created at cost to AstraZeneca, is the workhorse of the UK's roll-out.

But some European countries have restricted the vaccine use in younger people following reports of low platelet counts and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a specific type of clot that prevents blood from draining from the brain.

What vaccines does the UK have?

In use:

  • Oxford and AstraZeneca: 100 million doses ordered – currently only recommended for over-30s only
  • BioNTech and Pfizer: 40 million doses ordered – currently being given to anyone eligible
  • Moderna: 17 million doses ordered – currently being given to anyone eligible in Wales

On the way:

  • Janssen: 30 million doses ordered – use expected from July
  • Valneva: 100 million doses ordered
  • Novavax: 60 million doses ordered
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Pasteur: 60 million doses ordered

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