A MAN from Wokingham has been recorded as one of the very first people to receive the Moderna coronavirus vaccine in the UK this week.

Martin Pluves, from Wokingham, received the vaccine at the Madjeski Stadium on April 12, which has since been converted into a vaccination centre. 

This comes after the Moderna vaccine was rolled out across England for the first time last week.

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Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said the rollout of the Moderna jab “marks another milestone” in the coronavirus vaccination programme.

He said: “The Moderna rollout marks another milestone in the vaccination programme.

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“We now have a third jab in our armoury and NHS staff will be using it at more than 20 sites from this week, with more coming online as supplies expand.

“England’s vaccination programme is our hope at the end of a year like no other, so please do come forward and get your jab when you’re invited.

“It is safe, quick and effective – it will protect you and your loved ones.”

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UK regulators have said that people under the age of 30 should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying there was a possible link between the jab and “extremely rare” blood clots.

This means people aged 18 to 29 who are offered the jab will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna jab until other vaccines are approved for use.

The Vaccines Taskforce has secured 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine for the UK – enough for 8.5 million people.