Jabs are Making the Headlines: But what are they?



It's a great day for medicine today, with the first person outside of a trial receiving the Covid-19 jab at 6.30 am this morning in the UK.


Upgrade Your OET Vocabulary: Vocabulary Quiz


But what are jabs? Watch our YouTube video to test your knowledge.


If you feel like doing a bit more studying for your OET (Occupational English Test), then why not read this article on the BBC website (up until the photograph Health Secretary Matt Hancock) and take a look a the vocabulary questions below.


Upgrade Your OET Vocabulary: Words in the News


Fill in the missing words to form useful collocations (words that often go together in English)


  1. the ___________ vaccination programme

  2. Margaret Keenan, who ___________ 91 next week

  3. She was ___________ the injection

  4. ___________ in the UK will vaccinate over-80s

  5. I can't thank May (the Matron who gave her the injection) and the NHS staff ___________...

  6. ...who have looked ___________ me tremendously

  7. Sister Joanna Sloan, who will ___________ up the...

  8. ... vaccine ___________ in Belfast

  9. regulators ___________ its use last week

  10. a"long ___________ ahead of us but this marks the way out..."


Now match the collocations with their meanings


a. the introduction of a new programme / product / service - or in this case, vaccine

b. a less formal way of saying "administered'

c. a huge number

d. a long and hard journey, often the way soldiers move together = in this case / an idiomatic way of saying something won't be easy but will need military - style planning.

e. lead

f. becomes (an age) / has a birthday

g. an important place where a particular activity takes place - in this case where the vaccine will be given to patients)

h. said it was OK to use (because they had tested it)

i. No words can express how grateful I am

j. taken care of me



Answer Key


  1. the mass vaccination programme = c

  2. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week = f

  3. She was given the injection = b

  4. Hubs in the UK will vaccinate over-80s = g

  5. I can't thank May (the Matron who gave her the injection) and the NHS staff enough... = i

  6. ...who have looked after me tremendously = j

  7. Sister Joanna Sloan, who will head up the... = e

  8. ... vaccine roll out in Belfast = a

  9. regulators approved its use last week = h

  10. a"long march ahead of us but this marks the way out..." = d


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