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Care homes unlikely to get Covid-19 vaccines until start of the new year

Need to store shot at low temperature means mobile units can't administer it

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A patient being given a dose of a coronavirus vaccine produced by BioNTech. BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

A patient being given a dose of a coronavirus vaccine produced by BioNTech. BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

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A patient being given a dose of a coronavirus vaccine produced by BioNTech. BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

The Covid-19 vaccination programme for care home residents is not likely to begin until the start of January, it has emerged.

The characteristics of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which was approved by regulators on Wednesday, mean that it is not suitable for use on Northern Ireland’s 16,000 care home residents.

The Department of Health said on Wednesday night that it hoped an alternative vaccine would be made available to care home residents and people aged 80 and over from January 4.


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