Vaccine ‘reduces’ risk of spreading virus says expert
More than 2.6million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the vaccine. Across the UK, the target is to vaccinate 15million Brits in the top four priority groups by mid February. At the moment, these groups are care home workers and residents, NHS front-line staff, the over 70s and the extremely clinically vulnerable. The vaccines, made by either Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer BioNTech, are being administered at hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries and vaccination centres.
The UK saw its highest number of daily reported coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.
The Government announced a further 1,564 deaths had occurred on Tuesday of people within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
On Wednesday evening, the Scottish Government published a detailed 16-page plan for rolling out the immunisation, including details of how many vaccines it expects to receive every week until the end of May.
People will be invited by letter to make an appointment at one of the vaccine locations through the NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service.
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Anyone who doesn’t want to travel to a vaccine site can still be jabbed by their local GP or hospital service, but they may have to wait longer.
Up to 70 more pharmacies will be taking bookings for appointments next week, with 200 run total offering slots over the next fortnight, according to NHS England.
At present, pharmacies have been able to deliver 1,000 vaccines a week, have enough fridge space to store all the doses and be able to operate seven-days-a-week.
Andrew Lane from the National Pharmacy Association said Oxford’s vaccine approval means community pharmacies can store and administer it in the same way they deliver the flu jab.
Can you get the Covid jab at Boots?
In short, yes. Boots will start to administer the vaccine to certain people.
Boots and Superdrug branches will be among the six stores across England able to give the vaccine to people as the Government aims to hit its high target next month.
The first Boots which will be giving the vaccine is the local branch in Halifax.\
Boots UK managing director Seb James said: “As we begin vaccinations at our Halifax pharmacy today, we are incredibly proud to support the NHS during this extraordinary time.
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“Like Covid testing, we believe Boots can play a key role in the vaccination programme – our pharmacists are experts in vaccination programmes and have a trusted role at the heart of our local communities.
“Pharmacies are extremely well placed to support the rollout of this vaccine quickly, safely, and we stand ready to do much more.
“We stand ready to do more to support the NS and the Government to accelerate its rollout.”
In addition to Boots, Asda will also start giving out the vaccine to Brits in the coming weeks.
One branch of Asda in Birmingham will start vaccinating people on January 25 after it was chosen by the NHS as the first jab site inside a supermarket.
Asda will give out the vaccines from a former clothing section seven days a week from 8am to 8pm for people who have been told to be vaccinated by the NHS.
The supermarket giant said it will have the capacity to administer about 250 jabs on a daily basis.
Asda said it would not reveal which store had been selected until closer the time on the advice of NHS England, for fears staff would be bombarded with requests for appointments.
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