Brits ‘to get coronavirus ID cards’ proving they had vaccine

Brits who get the historic Coronavirus vaccine will be handed detailed ID cards proving they've had the jab, starting this week.

This credit-card-sized Covid-19 passport will be given to patients once they have received the first of two rounds of Pfizer’s vaccine.

The first of 50 UK hubs received the medicine on Sunday as Britain geared for what some are claiming is the "beginning of the end" of the pandemic.

Information on the ID cards will include the type of vaccine, its batch number and the date it was given, The Sun reported.

And vitally, it will have a bold message reminding patients of when their crucial second dose is due.

The details, plus the patient’s personal information, will then be registered on an NHS database.

It follows the example set by ministers in Wales who had already confirmed plans for "immunity passports" in a statement last week.

"Those receiving a COVID-19 vaccination will be given a credit card-sized NHS Wales immunisation card which will have the vaccine name, date of immunisation and batch number of each of the doses given handwritten on them," said Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething.

He said the card would also serve as a reminder for people to get the second of the two-part vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech.

Croydon University Hospital in south London will make history as the first place to administer the Pfizer vaccine on Monday.

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Staff spent the weekend preparing to roll the jab, which has to be stored carefully at below-freezing temperatures.

More hospitals are preparing for the largest vaccination programme in decades, which will start with the most vulnerable and work its way through the population.

The vaccine has been heralded as the key to getting Britain back to normal and out of the grips of the pandemic by NHS bosses.

NHS medical director Stephen Powis said it feels like "the beginning of the end" but warned, "the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history" will be a "marathon, not a sprint".

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Reports say the first recipients will be those over 80, care home workers and NHS staff at the highest risk.

The Government’s position is that jabs will not be made mandatory as a host of famous faces, including the Queen, line up to lead by example.

Health bosses claim the UK is expecting to receive up to four million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the end of the month.

In total ministers have secured 40million doses — enough for 20million people – with more vaccines on the horizon.

The Pfizer jab must be stored at -70C before being defrosted. Extra time is then needed to prepare it for injection.

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