At the beginning of December, the UK became the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine, with the roll out starting from 7 December.
There are now three vaccines approved for use in the UK, these have been developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. All are given via two injections, approximately 21 days apart, and they have shown to offer up to 95% protection against coronavirus.
The NHS has stated the vaccines are safe and encourages everyone to receive the immunisation as the best way to protect against COVID-19. Read about the safety of the vaccines on the NHS site or in more detail with the Association of British Neurologists.
The Vaccination Programme
The first vaccinations took place at hospitals for care home staff, NHS staff and patients as well as people aged over 85 years old. On 18 January, it was announced vaccination of people over 70 had begun and it is hoped everyone in the UK will be vaccinated by the autumn.
You will be invited to receive the vaccine, probably by letter or text, by attending your local hospital, a vaccine hub or your GP surgery.
Please be aware, a number of vaccination scams have been identified recently. To clarify, vaccines are free of charge and you would never be asked for your bank details. Please visit the Neighbourhood Watch website for more information on how to spot a scam.
The Priority list
The priority list for immunisation was developed by the Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. This may change, depending on the availability of vaccines over the coming weeks and months.
The priority for vaccinations are as follows:
- Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers.
- All those aged 80 and over. Frontline health and social care workers.
- All those aged 75 and over.
- All those aged 70 and over. Or people registered as clinically extremely vulnerable.
- All those aged 65 and over.
- All people aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
- All those aged 60 and over.
- All those aged 55 and over.
- All those aged 50 and over.
People aged 18-65 years old, with chronic neurological diseases, should be included in the next priority group, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, among others. However, this may depend on the person’s age, whether the person is registered as clinically extremely vulnerable and whether the person is living in a care home.
More information about the vaccines, is available by downloading COVID-19 Vaccination: A guide for older people
For more information about PSP & CBD and coronavirus please visit our information page: https://pspassociation.org.uk/psp-cbd-and-coronavirus/
Please note, the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. Although we will try to keep our information up to date, people should always follow the Government Guidance.