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Online calculator estimates how soon you're likely to get the coronavirus vaccine
11 January 2021, 11:58 | Updated: 11 January 2021, 12:09
An online calculator has launched which estimates when people are likely to get the Covid vaccine.
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs have now been approved for use in centres across the country, with around two million people in the UK having received their first dose of the vaccine. A third Covid vaccine by Moderna has also been approved but won't roll out until the spring.
From January 11, locations including Ashton Gate in Bristol, the ExCel Centre where London's Nightingale hospital is based, Newcastle's Centre for Life, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, Robertson House in Stevenage and Birmingham's Millennium Point will offer jabs to people aged 80 and above, along with health and care staff.
The Omni calculator asks a series of questions about your age, health and situation to work out what place you might be in the queue to receive the jab.
The calculator then tells the user where they stand in terms of getting the vaccine.
The first mass vaccination centres opened in England on January 11 as the huge effort to protect the most at-risk people got a shot in the arm.
Queues formed outside the sites early that morning as nurses prepared to vaccinate thousands at socially distanced tables or cubicles.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England national medical director, said the site planned to vaccinate at least 500 people on Monday, and would be "ramping it up in the coming days".
The new centres - including at a football stadium and a tennis club - will be joined by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200, NHS England said.
The Government is aiming to offer a vaccination to 15 million vulnerable people in the UK - including the over-80s, care home residents and health and care staff - by the middle of February.
Professor Neil Watson, who is running the coronavirus vaccination programme in the North East and Cumbria, said the launch was the "next gear" in the vaccine rollout.
Prof Watson said: "We will be seeing across the country in each of the centres thousands of patients coming through on a weekly basis, which is a step change."