England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins


England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation’s rollout.

It will be available at 21 sites, included the Madejski Stadium in Reading and the Sheffield Arena.

Along with the Pfizer jab, it offers an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for under-30s, after concerns about a possible link to very rare blood clots.

Wales and Scotland began using the Moderna vaccine last week.

Emily Sanderson, a 28-year-old solicitor with an underlying health condition, said she felt “brilliant” after receiving her Moderna jab at Sheffield Arena.

She was due to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine but it was switched to Moderna, which she said made her really pleased “because it gives people in my situation an alternative”.

As of Monday, 32,250,481 first doses of a Covid vaccine had been given in the UK, as well as 7,857,396 second jabs, the latest government data shows.