excerpt from Covid-19 vaccines – Frequently asked questions
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam (‘JVT’) was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in October 2017. He leads on health protection.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam (JVT) adds: “Covid vaccines are made at different speeds by different manufacturers. It is not possible for vaccination centres to choose the stock they are allocated and not possible for individuals to choose a vaccine. The vaccines we are using are all approved by the MHRA and they are all good choices. The JCVI does not recommend any specific vaccines for specific patient groups. The results from clinical trials are all different and each company measured slightly different outcomes. But what we are now finding in real life practice is that both of the current vaccines are very effective in preventing admission to hospital with Covid. Right now, I couldn’t honestly say that one is doing a better job than the other.”