Cambridge-developed AstraZeneca vaccine rolled out to GP practices from today

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The new Cambridge-developed AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out to GP practices across the region from today. 

The vaccination offers 70% protection against Covid-19 and was developed alongside Oxford University scientists.

Stevenage will be the home of one of seven new mass vaccination hubs. Credit: ITV News

So far, thousands of people in the UK have received either an AstraZeneca jab or a similar vaccination developed by Pfizer. The NHS say reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare and no long-term complications have been reported.

The Prime Minister has set a target of offering vaccines to the most vulnerable in the UK by the middle of February. Credit: ITV News

The Government's set an ambitious target of vaccinating around 13 million people by mid-February.  

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has admitted the target of vaccinating that many people in the highest priority groups - including the elderly, those with clinical needs, care home residents and staff and frontline NHS workers - by February 15 was "stretching".

Some 1.3 million people have already received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Cambridge-based AstraZeneca jab.

But Mr Johnson confirmed that just 10 per cent of care home residents had received a vaccine, along with 14 per cent of staff.

14 new Covid-19 vaccination sites will be opening across Suffolk and North East Essex next week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Seven mass vaccination centres will open across the country next week - including one here Stevenage.

14 new Covid-19 vaccination sites will also be going live across Suffolk and North East Essex. They'll open next week, beginning on 11th January.

The vaccine will be distributed to these groups in the following order, according to the list drawn up by the JCVI:

1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2 - Those aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers

3 - Those aged 75 and over

4 - Those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5 - Those aged 65 of age and over

6 - All individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

7 - Those aged 60 and over

8 - Those aged 55 years and over

9 - Those aged 50 years of age and over