AS Britain’s Covid vaccination roll out gets ramped up, the question on most of our minds is when will I get my jab?
There is a list of nine high-priority groups that the Government aims to get through before the general population will get vaccinated.
But according to an online calculator, this means that millions might not get theirs until 2022.
The tool uses your age, health and whether you work for the NHS to determine where you are in the queue.
It can be adjusted based on how fast the vaccines are deployed – with a speedy operation the key to ending lockdowns.
Boris Johnson has pledged to to vaccinate at least 200,000 Brits a day by January 15 — with the Army drafted in to help deliver more jabs.
The PM also revealed at the latest Downing Street press briefing that nearly 1.5million had been given their first dose so far.
A new national booking service for people to be vaccinated will also be unveiled – and no one will have to travel more than ten miles to get one, the PM added.
He said more than 1,400 hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies would be immunising patients by the end of next week.
And he insisted he had “no doubt” that there would be enough supply to offer everyone in the top four vulnerable groups a vaccine by his February 15 deadline.
When will you get your vaccine?
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.
It also predicts how long you might have to wait to get your vaccine.
All you need to do is enter your age, job and if you have a health condition.
It’s based on the Government’s priority list and the likely rate of vaccination.
The tool assumes that one million people will be vaccinated in a week, which would take just over two years to vaccinate everyone.
Adjusting this to two million per week would mean everyone is innoculated in a year.
But at the current pace – 250,000 per week – it will take eight and a half years to vaccinate everyone, the calculator predicts.
Omni also predicts 70 per cent of people accept their jab offer, based on flu vaccine uptake, but in reality this could be lower.
Under the current pace:
- A healthy 25-year-old is behind between 27,132,105 and 38,844,493 people in the queue, and won’t receive the jab until between March 2025 and December 2026.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition is behind between 12,305,865 and 18,074,125 people in the queue, and won’t receive the jab until between November 2022 and October 2023.
- A 70-year-old is behind between 6,029,525 and 9,926,645 people in the queue, and won’t receive the jab until between December 2021 and July 2022.
With a vaccination rate of one million people per week:
- A healthy 25-year-old won’t receive the jab until between January 2022 and July 2022.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition won’t receive the jab until between June 2021 and September 2021.
- A 70-year-old won’t receive the jab until between March 2021 and May 2021.
With a vaccination rate of two million people per week:
- A healthy 25-year-old won’t receive the jab until between July 2021 and October 2021.
- A 40-year-old with an underling health condition won’t receive the jab until between March 2021 and May 2021.
- A 70-year-old won’t receive the jab until between May 2021 and June 2021.
The calculator is only a model to give a broad idea of how long you may need to wait for your jab.
But the creators say they believe it is realistic that one million people will be vaccinated per week in the next year.
The Government have explained everyone must wait until they are contacted by the NHS, offering them an appointment.
A SLOW START
Vaccines are the only way to put an end to crippling lockdowns, and so the faster they can be given, the quicker lives can return to normal.
The new coronavirus variant, which can spread faster and is fuelling record high coronavirus cases over the UK, is adding pressure onto the race to doll out vaccine doses.
But officials have been causing confusion over what is blocking a fast roll-out, blaming manufacturing and quality control processes.
NHS England said it had an army of thousands of medics and support volunteers who had been recruited, and begun training. But did not say how many.
Thousands of Sun readers have already stepped forward to join our Jabs Army.
Meanwhile, two drugs typically used to treat arthritis have been approved by the NHS as a treatment for critically ill Covid patients.
It comes after trials showed tocilizumab and sarilumab could “significantly” reduce the risk of death as well as time spent in hospital by up to 10 days.