The Pfizer Covid vaccine has now been approved by use in the UK, with some patients being lined up to have their first dose next week. But if you don’t want to wait for your turn to have a coronavirus vaccine, can you jump the queue by paying for the vaccine privately?
The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the safety of the Pfizer/BioNTech.
It means that the UK Government can now distribute the vaccine to the public.
The first doses are already on their way to the UK ahead of the first rollout next week.
A priority list has now been drawn up by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), with those living in care homes the first in line for the vaccine.
Can you pay for the Covid vaccine to jump the queue?
As it stands, the vaccine will only be available in the UK as part of the NHS rollout.
That means you won’t be able to pay for the Pfizer vaccine privately, if you’d rather get vaccinated sooner rather than later.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has previously revealed that he wasn’t aware of any plan for the vaccine to be available privately.
He insisted that, while it’s ultimately a decision for Government ministers, he thinks the vaccines should be priorities by those most in need, as opposed to wealth.
The first 800,000 doses of the vaccine are already on their way to the UK.
Around 400,000 people will be eligible to have their first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus jab by next week.
But the vaccine can only be sent in batches of up to 5,000 doses.
That’s because of the incredibly cold temperatures needed during transportation, which also requires dry ice.