COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna authorised in the UK for temporary supply

This is the third Covid-19 vaccine (the second mRNA vaccine) to have been given regulatory approval for supply by the MHRA. It is approved for use in people aged 18 years and requires two doses.

SPS commentary:

In line with the other COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved, the Moderna vaccine should only be considered for use in pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks for the mother and baby. Anyone with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it, but those with any other allergies such as a food allergy can have the vaccine.


It can be stored at -20°C for up to six months. Once thawed, it may be stored refrigerated at 2 °C to 8 °C protected from light for up to 30 days if not used (needle-punctured). A maximum of 10 doses can be withdrawn from each multi-dose vial.


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Resource links:

Press release

Information for Healthcare Professionals on COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

Information for UK recipients on COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna