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Boris Johnson has addressed a press briefing at Downing Street, to update the nation on the progress of coronavirus vaccine distribution in the UK. In England, 1.26 million people have already received a Covid-19 vaccine. The Government is planning to rapidly speed up vaccine distribution in the UK over the coming weeks and months.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has said there will be a “huge acceleration” in the vaccination programme over the coming weeks.
Sir Simon told a Downing Street news conference that they had 39 days to meet the target set by the Prime Minister to vaccinate the most vulnerable.
He said they would be increasing the supplies of the vaccine, the numbers of places where it is being delivered and the numbers administering the jabs.
He said: “We need a huge acceleration if we are, over the next five weeks, going to vaccinate more people than we typically vaccinate over five months during a winter flu programme. We have got 39 days to do it.
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Today Mr Johnson outlined how by the end of the week, there will be more than 1,000 GP-led sites providing vaccines against Covid-19.
The NHS is currently prioritising the vaccination of four groups considered most at risk from Covid-19, including care home residents and staff, NHS workers and the over-70s.
Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press briefing: “Our tactics are first to use the immense natural capacity of the NHS.
“By the end of the week, there will be over 1,000 GP-led sites providing vaccines, 223 hospital sites, seven giant vaccination centres and a first wave of 200 community pharmacies.
“If all goes well, these together should have the capacity to deliver hundreds of thousands of vaccines per day by January 15 and it is our plan that everyone should have a vaccination available within a radius of 10 miles.
“It follows from that that the limits will not be on our distributional power but on the supply of vaccines, and I have no doubt that we have enough supply to vaccinate these four groups by the February 15 deadline.
“We also have the distributional network to do it and to continue an expanding programme down the priority list.”
Mr Johnson has urged people to come forward to receive their vaccine once they are notified it is their turn for an appointment.
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He said: “I really do urge people, when you get notification, when you get a message from the NHS, from your doctor, saying you’re eligible for a vaccine, please take it.”
People will be contacted by the NHS or their doctor about receiving a vaccine, and the NHS is currently urging people to wait to be contacted.
When it is someone’s time to be vaccinated, they will be informed which vaccination centre to attend.
The NHS website currently states: “The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.
“It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.”
Sir Simon said today the “bulk” of the vaccinations would be carried out at GP surgeries and pharmacies, but that the number of hospital hubs and large-scale vaccination centres were also being increased.
The following large-scale vaccination sites in England are due to begin operations next week:
- Etihad Tennis Centre, Manchester
- Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
- Robertson House, Stevenage
- Centre for Life, Newcastle
- Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
- Millennium Point, Birmingham
- ExCel, London
Several other venues are in the process of being converted to regional vaccination centres.
Supermarket Morrisons has stated car parks in Yeovil, Wakefield and Winsford stores will be used as drive-through vaccination centres from Monday.
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