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Online Covid vaccine calculator predicts when you could get your jab – Grimsby Live

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An online calculator is available to give you an estimate on when you could likely get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Two vaccines are currently being rolled out in the UK in a bit to combat the deadly virus – and a third, Moderna, was approved for use in the UK on Friday, January 8.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine started being rolled out by the NHS from January 4 and an 82-year-old man became the first person to get the jab.

Unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which has to be kept at minus 70 degrees until shortly before it is used, the new Oxford vaccine is easier to transport, which makes it easier to deliver in care homes.

An online calculator has revealed when you’re likely to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Both vaccines need to be given in two doses which are now set to be given 12 weeks apart in a bid to give more people their first shot sooner, reports The Mirror .

It is hoped the Oxford vaccine in particular will lead to tens of millions of people to be inoculated by April and drive down coronavirus cases, which would also help unlock Britain from severe lockdown restrictions.

The UK has also ordered 17million doses of the US vaccine which is said to be 94 per cent effective and a fourth, one-dose vaccine, looks set to be approved next month.

The roll out of the vaccines has naturally left people wondering when they will be called up to be inoculated.

When will I get the Covid vaccine?

A new online calculator predicts your likely position in the queue after asking a series of questions.

The omni calculator asks for your age, whether you live or work in a care home, are pregnant or plan to be in the next three months and if you’re a frontline health or social worker, classed as extremely vulnerable or have an underlying health condition.

Once answered, it will give an estimate on how many people are ahead of you in the queue.

Explaining that this is only a predicted estimate, the omni calculator site reads: “We also indicate how long it might be before you get the vaccine, based on the vaccination rate.

“By default, we base these figures on a vaccination rate of 1 million vaccinations a week and a default uptake rate of 70.6%.

It is hoped the Oxford vaccine in particular will lead to tens of millions of people to be inoculated by April and drive down coronavirus cases, which would also help unlock Britain from severe lockdown restrictions.

“As more data on the actual vaccination rate is released, we may revise this default value.”

The calculator also has an advanced mode that allows you to change the vaccination rate and uptake figure.

The government has issued a priority list. Those on it are:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

The government says: “It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.”