Our 12+ population is just on 4.4m so we'd need 8.8m doses for 100% coverage of the eligible population. The MoH vaccine xls page still shows a figure of just over 4m because it hasn't been updated from the 16+ guidance.(4.09m people aged 16+).
Does anybody know what wastage is? I thought I heard an estimated 2-3% a few months ago. And more importantly is 10m based of 5 or 6 vaccines per vial?
Many people have taken snippits of the Oxford study (and other studies) about decreasing antibodies and through a lack of understanding assume that this is really bad, and that the vaccines are becoming ineffective, which is simply not true.
Every vaccination delivers neutalising antibodies which weaken over time, and that's how they're supposed to work. We still have B and T cell protection that stays in place and is probably the most important part of a vaccine long term.
What we do know is that for some at risk people the body's response in creating neutralising antibodies, and subsequently B cell and T cell responses, does differ. For those people a 3rd shot may deliver a significant boost in protection.
Pretty sure they have always quoted doses - never vials, so assume its a consistent amount per vial ( doesn't actually matter how many )
Would be interested to see the wastage stat as well
Any chance if we ping a journalist on twitter they can lob the question in with thier "I have some questions of behalf of colleagues" segment lol
Yet to get through the rest of thread but, government appear to quote bookings as a relevant statistic. I'm yet to observe any other country quoting bookings as a statistic. I know people who have made a booking but found a way to get it earlier without the official channels. Bookings mean nothing to me. Jabs in arms do.
There should be close to zero wastage with Pfizer. But these will be recorded. It's expensive and it's a multidose vial. You'd be an idiot to waste doses.