Kent hospital to begin Covid-19 vaccinations

Kent hospital to begin Covid-19 vaccinations

"This coming week will be a historic moment as we begin vaccination against Covid-19", said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock. These people are slated to get the vaccine first, followed by more than 1.4 million NHS workers.

The NHS has a strong record of delivering large scale vaccination programmes from the flu jab, HPV vaccine and lifesaving MMR jabs hardworking staff will once again rise to the challenge to protect the most vulnerable people from this terrible disease, he said.

In a letter to colleagues, the chief medical officers of England (Prof Chris Whitty), Scotland (Dr Gregor Smith), Wales (Dr Frank Atherton) and Northern Ireland (Dr Michael McBride) warn this winter could be "especially hard" for the health service due to coronavirus.

The first Pfizer vaccines have arrived from Belgium and are being stored securely around the country.

Meanwhile, pictures have been released of freezers that will hold the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines in the UK.

Over the following few days, each box needs to be opened and unpacked manually, and temperature data has to be downloaded from each box, the DHSC said.

Because the Pfizer vaccine needs to stored and moved fastidiously every container is being inspected to create determined the vaccine vials maintain reached the United Kingdom in very top situation. This makes it the second country in the world to grant an emergency use authorisation for the vaccine. There are around 50 sites in England so far.

It's because of logistical issues with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, meaning there are difficulties getting it to residents.

That preparedness includes a "dry-run" for the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, where essentially a test distribution factoring in all the delicacies of the doses are taken into account, and ensuring health care workers are comfortable with the administration process, without using any actual vials.

Asked on Times Radio if he would like to see the monarch take the vaccine and then announce publicly that she had done so, Mr Eustice said: "It will be a personal decision for the Queen, as it is for everyone".

More than 1,000 vaccination centres, operated by Global Positioning System, are also expected to be in operation shortly.

GP surgeries in England have been told to start staffing COVID-19 vaccination centres by 14 December. Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently join the drive when further supplies of vaccine come on stream, the DHSC said.

But in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, he signalled that the vaccine rollout could soon remove numerous anti-Covid measures.

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