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Second major COVID vaccine on Monday in NI….

It looks like the Oxford vaccine is on the way …

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. The first doses are to be given on Monday when coronavirus cases rise.

Britain ordered 100 million doses – enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

This would cover the entire population when combined with the full Pfizer BioNTech push order, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

Millions more people in England are expected to present the toughest fourth tier restrictions.

Vaccination centers will now invite patients to come and get the sting starting next week.

Priority groups for vaccination have already been identified, starting with nursing home residents, those over 80, and health and care workers.

But all adults, including those under 50, will be offered a vaccine at some point.

And in Northern Ireland …

50,000 doses of the vaccine were already in Northern Ireland after being dispensed prior to approval.

He also said “a lot of pressure will be needed to get through these next few months,” with demand for health services expected to increase.

To date, 33,683 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine have been given to nursing home residents and frontline health workers in NI.

Eighty percent of nursing homes in Northern Ireland received vaccinations, which Swann said was a “significant achievement”.

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