A survey conducted on Facebook page Lytham St Annes Chat which was launched to get the consensus of the vaccine announcement. The question raised was With the Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out imminently – will you take the vaccine when it’s available? Astonishingly – after running for one hour over 78% of residents surveyed voted Yes, which means when the vaccine is rolled out at the end of the year and 2021 becomes the “year of the vaccine”, the unvaccinated in the Lytham St Annes area will be in their minority.
When a resident responded to the locals that wished to remain unvaccinated local Maximillian Cosgrave said
“Some people may not trust it as it was developed so quickly. Other people may simply be needle-phobic”
In responses to others that feared the vaccine may have been rushed well-known resident Carole Greenwood said
“It hasn’t been rushed through. It was first developed during the SARS epidemic, and modified to suit COVID.”
David Webster put his thoughts across with “Most don’t think of the fact they probably wouldn’t be here today if their parents hadn’t been immunised against the likes of polio, Rubella & Tetanus”
The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination.
Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out.
The first doses are already on their way to the UK, with 800,000 due in the coming days, Pfizer said.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS will contact people about jabs.
Elderly people in care homes and care home staff have been placed top of the priority list, followed by over-80s and health and care staff.
But because hospitals already have the facilities to store the vaccine at -70C, as required, the very first vaccinations are likely to take place there – for care home staff, NHS staff and patients – so none of the vaccine is wasted.