THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The second man on the moon, Dr Buzz Aldrin, has revealed that he received a Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, January 18. Now, he's encouraging all Americans to remain vigiliant against the virus, and to sign up for a vaccine as soon as they can.
In a statement, the former Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot explained that "As we move forward into 2021, I want to send a message of hope and inspiration to the American people and to all the world – help is here. I am proud to step forward to take this safe coronavirus vaccine that is provided – in record time – for all the world; this effort truly is a miracle".
Aldrin added that "Getting the COVID-19 vaccine was painless. I want to thank all the scientists, healthcare workers, and government officials who worked tirelessly to develop and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine quickly and safely. I urge everyone to sign up for a vaccination as soon as possible when they are eligible to do so that life can return to normal soon."
If you're an American resident in the UK, you can sign up to receive a vaccine through the NHS.
According to figures reported up to January 19, almost 4 million people in the UK have been given a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. In Britain, the vaccine is being given first to those in priority categories, including those aged 70 and over, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people who live and work in care homes, and health and social workers.
Others will be given access to the vaccine as more doses become available.
According to the NHS Website, all you need to do is register with a local GP Surgery. The NHS website says that "You do not need proof of address or immigration status." Further information on registering for a surgery in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland can be found via the links below:
If you're over 70, you should inform the GP Practice you are registering with, as you will be in a priority group for the vaccine. Otherwise, the NHS is asking you avoid contacting your chosen surgery - they will send you a letter when you can book a vaccine appointment.
For more details, see www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination