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Moderna vaccine rollout begins in Wales today, as unpaid carer receives first jab

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The Moderna vaccine, the third coronavirus jab to be approved in the UK, is being rolled out in Wales today.

Unpaid carer Elle Taylor told reporters she was “excited and happy” to be the first person to receive the vaccine at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen this morning.

The UK has bought 17 million doses of the vaccine – enough for 8.5 million people.

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Like the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs, the Moderna jab is given in two doses, several weeks apart.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted we can start the UK rollout of the Moderna vaccine in west Wales today.

“The UK government has secured vaccines on behalf of the entire nation and the vaccination programme has shown our country working together at its best.

“Three out of every five people across the whole United Kingdom have received at least one dose, and today we start with the third approved vaccine. Wherever you live, when you get the call, get the jab.”

It has not been confirmed when the rest of the UK will start using the jab, but Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Scotland got its first batch on Monday.

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