Vaccine: Hancock says UK has five contingency plans for rollout
Dubbed V-Day by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, today (December 8) a 90-year-old grandmother became the first person in the UK to receive a Covid vaccination outside of trials. Margaret Keenan said she felt “so privileged” to be the first person vaccinated against coronavirus. Mrs Keenan will be the first of several people receiving Covid-19 vaccinations over the coming weeks.
To mark the milestone today Boris Johnson visited the coronavirus vaccination centre at Guy’s Hospital in London, to meet some of the first patients to be vaccinated.
The Prime Minister said: “Today marks a huge step forward in the UK’s fight against coronavirus, as we begin delivering the vaccine to the first patients across the whole country.
“I am immensely proud of the scientists who developed the vaccine, members of the public who took part in trials, and the NHS who have worked tirelessly to prepare for rollout.
“But mass vaccination will take time, and we must remain clear-eyed about the challenges that remain.
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“As the programme ramps up in the weeks and months ahead, it is as important as ever to keep to the Covid winter plan – following the rules in your area and remember the basics of hands, face and space.”
People over the age of 80 already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be the first to get the vaccine this year.
The Department of Health and Social Care has also asked care home providers to begin booking staff in for vaccinations.
There are some logistical challenges to rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in care homes, as the vaccines must be stored at -70C.
GPs will soon be expected to give out vaccines to care home residents, who are top of the Government’s vaccine priority list.
Healthcare workers at highest risk of serious illness will also be given any vaccine appointments not used for these groups.
From Tuesday vaccines will start to be administered at 70 vaccine hubs across the UK.
Last week the Government announced 50 of the hubs which received allocations of the first 800,000 batches of the Pfizer vaccine to arrive in the UK.
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It is not clear when exactly all 50 hubs will receive vaccine doses, as they are starting to administer the vaccines at different times.
However, deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine are expected throughout the week.
The bulk of vaccinations in the UK are expected to take place in early 2021, with 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine secured by the UK Government in total.
NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said she expected up to four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available in the UK by the end of December.
Other vaccines, such as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, are still awaiting approval for use in the UK.
Where are the vaccine hubs?
The initial 50 hubs now administering the first wave of vaccines include:
- Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
- Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- East Suffolk And North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
- North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
- James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Norfolk And Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
- St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Denmark Hill
- King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Princess Royal University Hospital
- Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Coventry And Warwickshire NHS Trust
- Royal Stoke Hospital
- Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
- University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- South Tees NHS Trust
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital
- Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
- Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
- Blackpool Teaching Hospital
- Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – Wexham Park Hospital
- Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – William Harvey Hospital
- Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust – Royal Sussex County Hospital
- Portsmouth University Hospitals Trust
- Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
- Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
- University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
- Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- North Bristol NHS Trust
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