Northamptonshire among first Covid-19 hubs to roll out Moderna vaccine TODAY
First dose delivered at 8am at Moulton Park
The county’s vaccination programme was picked out as a location to use the new vaccine, which was approved for use in the UK in January.
First doses of Moderna vaccine were given at 8am at the Moulton Park vaccination centre.
This coincides with the national programme opening up bookings to those aged between 45 and 49 for the first time.
People aged 50 and over and those with health conditions putting them at higher risk from coronavirus who have not yet received their first dose are also urged to book jabs after the Government confirmed everybody in the older age groups has been offered vaccinations.
Northamptonshire's Covid-19 vaccination programme director, Chris Pallot, said: “We are delighted to become one of the first areas of England to start using the Moderna vaccine from today.
"This is a further indication, if it were needed, of the confidence in the vaccination programme in our county.
“It’s fantastic news that the third approved Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in our county to provide another method of protecting our communities from coronavirus – and that means we’re now able to open up more appointments at the vaccination centre this week for eligible people, including those aged 45 to 49.
“If you currently qualify for the vaccine and you haven’t yet received your first dose then now is the time to book your appointment to give yourself the best possible protection against coronavirus.
“People aged 45 and over and those with health conditions which put them at higher risk from coronavirus can book appointments by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.”
Appointments can be booked online any time by clicking HERE or by calling the national booking line on 119 free between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.
More than 346,956 people had received at least a first vaccination dose by April 4, according to latest figures published last week including care workers and other eligible groups under-50s.
The vast majority of those had the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Around 60,000 had received their second doses.
The Moderna coronavirus vaccine is the third jab to be rolled out across the UK, alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs.