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Officials have announced people in England will receive the Moderna vaccine from Tuesday.

Moderna coronavirus vaccine rolled out in England. Medical director for NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, said the new rollout is yet another milestone in beating the pandemic.

The announcement now paves the way for moving to the next phase. The Moderna vaccine is the third to be added to the list alongside Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

The target of vaccinating the highest priority groups by mid-April has been met by the Government. The next stage of the program will be to immunise healthy adults under the age of 50. And this is expected to start this week.

Seventeen million doses of Moderna have been secured for the UK to use. Scotland and Wales are already using the Moderna vaccination. With Northern Ireland expected to start it in the coming weeks.

Professor Powis said. “The Moderna rollout marks another milestone in the vaccination programme. We now have a third jab in our armory. And NHS staff will be using it at more than 20 sites from this week. With more coming online as supplies expand.

England’s vaccination programme is our hope at the end of a year like no other. So please do come forward and get your jab when you’re invited. It is safe, quick and effective. It will protect you and your loved ones.”

During an interview with BBC Breakfast Professor Adam Finn, a member of the JCVI, said. “This is enormously important; these are large numbers of doses (and) it’s another tool in the toolbox.

We’ve got two excellent vaccines already that work really, really effectively but the more vaccines we’ve got, the more security over supply. I hope this is another step along the way and that we’ll actually see more vaccines come through over the coming months and we’ll have a really strong and secure supply.

The programme hasn’t been able to move forward quite as fast as it would have if there had been more vaccine supply this month. Having this additional supply of Moderna is clearly going to speed that up and enable us to get started on phase two and people in their 40s.”

Elle Taylor, a 24-year-old care worker from Wales, was the first to get the Moderna vaccine last week at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen.

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