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Long wait 'I could be waiting until June 2022 for the jab,' according to an online vaccine calculator

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It looks like normal life is a while away yet.

According to a new online tool, I will get my first vaccination shot to protect me from Covid-19 between October of this year and May of 2022.

That’s because there are between 1,581,026 and 2,944,914 people ahead of me in the queue.

The ‘Vaccine Queue Calculator’ has been doing the rounds on social media since it was released for the Omni Calculator Project.

People input various details including age, profession, health condition, and other risk factors before being given an approximate time that they will be called up.

Given a vaccination rate of 42,000 a week and an uptake of 74 per cent, I can expect to be called for my first dose of vaccine between October 4 of this year and May 19 of next year.

I will then get my second dose between October 25 of this year and June 9 of 2022.

The tool was created by Steven Wooding, a physicist from Southampton, alongside Maciej Kowalski, a PhD student in Mathematics at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

It is based on the Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups released by the Department of Health and the likely rate of vaccination.

However, the tool is not associated with the Department of Health and only uses data previously published to approximate when people can hope to be vaccinated.

The calculator has similar prototypes which have been implemented in the UK, Canada and Poland, and are all available online via the Omni Calculator website.

To use the calculator, you answer a number of questions including your age, whether you live or work in a long-term care facility, whether you are pregnant or planning to be in the next few months, are you a healthcare worker and more.

The calculator then shows you the minimum and the maximum number of people in front of you and a range of dates you might have to wait till you get your shot.

Roll on October..or May!

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