First Moderna vaccine in UK given to 24-year-old as JCVI member says jab could be reserved for young

The first Moderna vaccine has been administered in the UK to 24-year-old Elle Taylor.

The unpaid carer, from Ammanford, became the first Briton to receive the jab at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen.

Ms Taylor works at a further education college in Llanelli as well as caring for her 82-year-old grandmother.

Speaking after she received the vaccine, she said: “I’m very excited and very happy.

“I’m an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely.”

Ms Taylor added that her grandmother had already received her first vaccination and was going for the second dose this Saturday.

The 24-year-old carer received her first jab from staff nurse Laura French at the hospital’s outpatients department on Wednesday morning.

Elle Taylor, 24, an unpaid carer from Ammanford, receives an injection of the Moderna vaccine 

Elle Taylor becomes the first Briton to receive the Moderna jab

Credit:  Jacob King/PA

It comes as a member of the Government’s vaccination advisory board has said the Moderna vaccine could be reserved for young people amid fears over the risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca jab.

Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said it was possible that doses of the Moderna jab could be reserved for young people if the UK’s medicines regulator decides to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca version in that age group.

The jab has become the third vaccine in circulation in Britain, after the rollout of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in December and January, respectively.

The UK has bought 17 million doses of Moderna, which is enough to fully vaccinate 8.5 million people.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “delighted we can start the UK rollout of the Moderna vaccine in west Wales today”.

He added: “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.”

It is expected that the Moderna vaccine, which was found to be 94.1 per cent effective in phase three trials, will be rolled out in England from mid-April, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the first batch of Moderna had arrived in the country on Monday and will be delivered over the coming months.

It has not been confirmed when the rollout of the UK’s third vaccine will begin in Northern Ireland.

Ms Taylor said she had only found out on Tuesday evening that she was to be the first Briton to receive the Moderna jab in the UK. 

“It was great, the nurses were lovely and it didn’t hurt,” she said.

She added that she was aware of concerns about patients receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine developing rare blood clots but said that she was not worried.

“I had heard but it doesn’t concern me too much, and I guess if it happens, it happens and I am in the right care if I need it, and I feel happy that I’ve tried the new one,” she said.

The trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in children has been paused while regulators investigate reports of a rare form of blood clot among adults.

More than 31 million first doses of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in the UK, according to Government data up to April 5, while more than five million second doses have been given out.

Asked how she felt to be a trailblazer for millions of other people, Ms Taylor said: “I feel thrilled and really happy and honoured, and I just hope it goes well for everybody.”

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