United Kingdom pins hope on vaccines to save medical system
Jan 13 2021
Ministers said that tens of millions of people will be immunised by the spring at more than 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.
By mid-February, 15 million people - including everyone over the age of 70 - should have been offered their first vaccine under the Government's plans.
These sites will offer jabs to people aged 80 and above, along with health and care staff, and will be joined later this week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services, along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites.
Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS's national medical director, said: "Increasing supplies means the NHS can open even more vaccination services and protect even more people this week".
The most unsafe time of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain is yet to come before vaccine rollout has an impact, Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty warned Monday.
By the end of the month, everyone in England is to be within 10 miles of one of the vaccination sites, with a small number of "highly rural areas" having the vaccination brought to them by mobile teams.
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And more than 200,000 community volunteers have said that they will help with non-clinical aspects of the programme.
Public Health England (PHE) is also today publishing the surveillance strategy for the COVID-19 vaccine programme which sets out how data from surveillance is used to analyse vaccine effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 and severe disease, as well as the impact of the vaccination programme on the population as a whole.
"It's been phenomenal to see our extensive preparations come to fruition and from tomorrow the public will also be able to see exactly how we will ensure they and their loved ones get the vaccine as quickly as possible".
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: "This historic vaccination programme is a truly national effort and shows the whole of the United Kingdom coming together to quickly and effectively protect the British public against this awful virus".
Britain was the first country to approve vaccines developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and by Pfizer/BioNTech, and on Friday approved Moderna's shot.
"The UK vaccine delivery plan will be the keystone of our exit out of the pandemic, but we all must continue to play our part by staying at home, following the rules and keeping hands, face, space at the forefront of our minds when out and about".
I have every faith the NHS will rise to the task and meet these ambitions, providing thousands of vulnerable and at risk individuals that crucial extra protection they need.
In Scotland, the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is available in more than 1,000 locations from Monday.
There are already nearly 1,000 vaccination sites across the country.
Mary Williams from Washington receives her vaccination at the International Centre for Life on January 11, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.