WHAT'S IN THE UK MASS VACCINATION PLAN?
- Mass vaccination centers: Around 50 centers will be set up in football stadiums and other large venues to address as many Brits as possible.
- Second the teacher for engravings & # 39;: Key staff on the UK frontline could be in the priority queue, meaning they could get their thrusts sooner, the plan says. This would include teachers, delivery people, and those who stack supermarket shelves;
- "Roving" vaccination teams: Mobile units will be set up to deliver the shocks to nursing home residents who are most at risk when infected with the virus. The teams could also go door-to-door in districts where there is little acceptance, serving the homeless and those escaping abuse.
- Get the push 10 miles from your house: Everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination center by the end of January. And it is brought to those who live in rural areas via a mobile unit.
- Army of 80,000 volunteers: Ministers said they have 80,000 trained health workers administering the vaccines and more than 200,000 community volunteers to help with the non-clinical side of the program.
Matt Hancock announced today that 2.3 million people in the UK have now received a Covid vaccine as the roll-out hits a rate of around 200,000 bumps per day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week pledged to hit 200,000 doses a day by Friday, which means the target appears to have been met early after the number of people receiving their first dose of the vaccine fell from 1.3 within a week Sunday, January 3rd, has almost doubled to 2.6 m today.
The sign that vaccinations are increasing as planned is welcome news, as is the fact that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus has fallen today.
Health Department officials announced that an additional 46,169 people received positive test results yesterday, down 20 percent in one week and the first reading below 50,000 since December 28.
Ministers today released the plan for the grand introduction of Covid vaccines in the UK, promising to distribute 2 million puffs a week in 2,700 centers across the country by the end of January.
With a successful vaccination campaign number 10, the only hope of ever ending the perennial cycle of hard lockdowns, officials have come under increasing pressure to make it clear how to protect the UK from coronavirus.
Matt Hancock said the plan – which includes setting up 50 mass vaccination centers in football stadiums and other major venues – "maps our path back to normal".
As part of the plans, teachers and other key staff could be added to the priority queue. Sir Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, claimed today there was a "strong argument" to give them nudges as soon as the first high priority groups, which include everyone over 70, adults with underlying medical conditions, NHS staff and nursing home staff belong, had their bumps.
"Roving" vaccination teams already in use in nursing homes could be asked to go door-to-door in districts with low admission rates.
The document adds that by the end of January everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site. And for those outside of that basin, in very rural areas, the vaccine will be delivered to them via mobile teams.
So far, the UK vaccination program has been plagued by supply and staff shortages, logistical problems and bureaucratic obstacles that have hampered its expansion.
No10 also suggested today that they could set up a round-the-clock jab program if the public wanted – but that it hadn't happened yet because there was no demand for it. However, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi blamed a supply shortage for not introducing round-the-clock shocks.
Ministers said an army of over 80,000 trained health workers would be involved in rolling out the vaccine, and more than 200,000 community volunteers said they will help with the non-clinical side of the program.
During a visit to Bristol City Football Club's Ashton Gate Stadium, which has been converted into a vaccine super center, the Prime Minister told reporters: “We cannot be complacent. The worst thing now would be for us to allow success in launching a vaccination program to create any kind of complacency about the state of the pandemic. & # 39;
Ministers today released the plan for the grand introduction of Covid vaccines in the UK, promising to distribute 2 million puffs a week in 2,700 centers across the country by the end of January. The map shows the locations that are currently in operation, including seven mass centers (green), more than 100 hospitals (blue), and general practitioners' offices and pharmacies (purple).
"I think we've done two million people or 2.4 million thrusts so far," said the Prime Minister when visiting a vaccination center in Bristol this morning
The National Health Service, he said, did an incredibly good job, he said on the trip to Ashton Gate soccer field in Bristol City
Health Secretary Matt Hancock during today's visit to the NHS Vaccine Center set up on the grounds of the Epsom Racecourse, Surrey
Where should the mass vaccination centers be set up?
ExCel Center, London
Robertson House, Stevenage
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
Millennium Point, Birmingham
Etihad Tennis Center, Manchester
Center for Life, Newcastle
Elland Road Stadium, Leeds
Totally Wicked Stadium, St. Helens
Telford International Center, Telford
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Navigational Walk, Wakefield
Jacob & # 39; s Well, Bradford
John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
It came when the Vaccines Minister today blamed a shortage of Covid-19 killing drugs for not introducing it around the clock when England's new mass vaccination centers opened this morning, offering an injection every 45 seconds.
Nadhim Zahawi also admitted that most people currently had "about a 45 minute drive" to the seven NHS locations that opened their doors this morning. Most of them are over 80 years old. The vulnerable faces are "exhausting" to get their bump because not enough general practitioners are participating.
Downing Street said this afternoon it could roll out around the clock but there was no demand for bumps outside of the current 8am to 8pm hours.
Prime Minister's press secretary Allegra Stratton said: “The NHS will tell you if they ask the people who are being offered vaccinations, they are asking them when it would suit them, at what time.
“If people come back and say they want an appointment after 8pm, they (the NHS) will think about it.
“I understand that at the moment there is no noise for appointments until late at night or early in the morning.
"If that were the case, the NHS might consider this as it is doing its best to get the shocks into people's arms as soon as possible."
Mr Zahawi previously said that the introduction of the vaccine could happen 24 hours a day "if we have to," but only if the vaccine concentration is high enough. He also suggested that the mostly elderly Britons who now need to be vaccinated are unlikely to want an appointment in the middle of the night, which means the current opening hours will continue to be 8am to 8pm.
When asked if it can be given day and night if there is enough vaccine, he told BBC Radio 4's Today program: "If we have to work around the clock, we must work 24 hours a day, to make sure we vaccinate as soon as we can '.
People over 80 should wait for an appointment on site if they cannot travel
People over 80 who have been invited to mass vaccination centers far from their homes have been advised to wait for an appointment on site in the future if they prefer.
Some elderly people reportedly panic after receiving letters inviting them to places more than 30 miles away that they could not travel to.
This week the NHS sent more than 630,000 letters to people 80 and older who live 30 to 45 minutes' drive from one of the seven new locations. This explains that you can book a slot by phone or online.
However, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Those who receive the letter do not have to make any of these appointments if it is too far to travel and can wait for an appointment on the spot if they prefer."
NHS England has advised that those over 80 can ignore the letter if they prefer to wait to be invited to a hospital or family doctor for vaccination.
There are currently nearly 800 GP-run vaccination services that are expected to provide most of the shocks.
"The seven centers are an additional option for people to get vaccinated when it is convenient for them," an NHS spokesman said.
"If they don't, they may be bumped into one of their local vaccination centers instead in the coming weeks."
With more vaccination centers scheduled to open in the coming weeks, the average distance for a vaccine is expected to decrease.
Georgia Harrison said her 84-year-old grandmother Jean from Staffordshire received a letter and panicked after finding out that the closest center was in Birmingham, more than 30 miles away.
"She's not driving so won't be able to get there … she's panicking now that she can't get a vaccination if she wants one," said Ms. Harrison, 28, a school worker.
However, Pfizer said delivery of its vaccine was "on track and on our agreed schedule". A spokesman added, "Based on current projections, we expect to produce and ship up to 1.3 billion doses of the vaccine globally by 2021." UK with 40 million cans by the end of the year. & # 39;
Fears persist that the government may be too promising about how much can realistically be delivered – or not pushing hard enough to vaccinate the entire population and free the UK from lockdown. Matt Hancock will be giving a press conference at 5pm that will outline how vaccination will be offered to every adult in the UK by the fall.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said today that Boris Johnson's "first priority" must be to speed up the program to "around the clock", adding, "This is now the only way out of the darkness." Sir Keir also believes the government's 2 million shocks a week should double to 4 million by the end of February.
The gap between the first and second vaccine dose has already been extended from three to twelve weeks as ministers try to give the first dose to as many Britons as possible.
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs defended the decision today. Its Permanent Secretary, Sir Chris Wormald, said, “We followed the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) and the Chief Medical Officer that the best public health value was to take the first dose Bring maximum number of vulnerable people as soon as possible.
In contrast to the alternative strategy of giving the same people a second dose.
"It is better to have a larger number of people on first-dose protection than a much smaller number on double-dose protection."
It came when Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said the NHS was in "the most dangerous situation anyone can remember" but the new vaccines mean the UK can go back to normal in "months, not years".
The mass vaccination centers, which are also open to health and nursing staff, offer an alternative to getting the sting at primary care practices and hospitals with Moira Edwards, 88, being the first to get their sting at the Surrey hub today.
They cover all seven NHS regions in England including the Center for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne. The others are Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Center in London, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, Millennium Point in Birmingham, Robertson House in Stevenage and the Etihad Tennis Center in Manchester.
Anyone can vaccinate a patient every four minutes, which means someone will receive a bump of about 45 seconds over every seven hubs – with each patient going in and out in four minutes. Hubs are coming online as Boris Johnson discusses plans for a stricter lockdown, including exercise limits, mandatory outdoor masks, closed kindergartens, and lack of support bubbles amid fears the current lockdown won't curb the spread of Covid.
Today there is concern that the centers are forcing the NHS to throw their net too far. An estimated 130,000 people live more than 45 minutes from the sites that will be invited to vaccinations in the coming weeks. Many are in the most vulnerable age categories with underlying health conditions and there are concerns that the journey is too far for them.
Mr Zahawi admitted that some of the most at risk would have to walk 45 minutes to get a sting, but added that he wanted to get to the point where people could just go to their pharmacy or local GP for a vaccine receive.
Moira Edwards receives an injection of the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the NHS Vaccine Center, set up on the grounds of the Epsom Racecourse, Surrey
Margaret Austin, 87, is receiving an injection of a Covid-19 vaccine on her first break in six months at the NHS Vaccine Center, which is set up at Robertson House in Stevenage, Hertfordshire
William Eels and June Eels arrive today for vaccinations at the Excel Center in East London – after a £ 25 taxi fare
An elderly couple pose for a photo in front of Epsom Racecourse today as they stand up for their lifesaving bump
An elderly man walks through the crowded parking lot at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey today as vaccinations went up
One of the largest locations is at Millenium Point in Birmingham while the UK is battling to get the vaccine introduced
Patients line up at the NHS vaccine center, set up on the grounds of the Epsom Racecourse, Surrey
People queue outside the NHS vaccine center that has been set up at the Center for Life in Times Square in Newcastle
Newcastle residents line up around the block downtown today when the mass vaccination center opens on Tyneside
Supplies of a Covid-19 vaccine will be delivered to the NHS Vaccine Center, which has been set up at the Center for Life in Times Square in Newcastle
Nana Kwabena Edusie (left) receives an injection of a Covid-19 sting at the NHS vaccine center in the northeast (right).
Health care workers put on their boots to give the Covid-19 vaccine at the NHS vaccine center, which has been set up in the Center for Life in Times Square in Newcastle
The drivers are queuing when they arrive for the first appointments this morning at the Covid 19 vaccination center at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey
At Newcastle's Life Science Center's International Center for Life, the hub for the northeast, Queus build up as the signs go off
Israel shames the UK with 24/7 vaccination centers as the UK minister blames the shortage for a similar system
Israel continues to shame the UK and the rest of the world with its 24/7 vaccination program as it starts vaccinating people at age 55.
The Middle Eastern country has made progress by squeezing every last dose out of its vaccine supply and using its efficient health system to launch a round-the-clock vaccination campaign with military assistance.
However, in the UK, a vaccine shortage is blamed for the slow roll-out of the shocks, despite new hubs that want to give an injection every 45 seconds.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it could take place 24 hours a day "if we have to," but only if the shocks are high enough. Israel has now received a new shipment of cans, which is arriving today, and is still suffering from a major shortage.
Zahawi says older Brits are unlikely to want an appointment in the middle of the night, which means the current opening hours are still 8am to 8pm.
In Israel, many vaccination centers are also open around the clock on Shabbat. The groups at risk can book a time frame of their choice through an app, phone, or website.
But many younger people who are not at risk have still managed to get vaccines. You have benefited from the 24-hour system in which opened vials must either be used or thrown away after a few hours.
It was reported last week that 100,000 Israelis between the ages of 20 and 40 had already been vaccinated and many of them did not have pre-existing conditions.
When asked if vaccines could be given day and night in the UK, Zahawi told BBC Radio 4's Today program, “If we have to work 24 hours a day, it is imperative that we work 24 hours a day to make sure we are vaccinate as soon as possible. & # 39;
But in Israel, people over 60 are already getting their second shots, with 72 percent of them having already received the first shot and a new shipment of 700,000 new cans arriving in the country.
Mr. Zahawi has suggested that police officers, teachers and other critical workers fall into the "highest category of the second phase" of the vaccine rollout.
He told Sky News that the program is currently prioritizing those most vulnerable to death from coronavirus.
He added, “Of course some cops and teachers will actually get the vaccine (at stage one) because they're in those categories, but we're going to move very quickly to these other critical workers in business and of course these who like our cops and cops doing an incredible job of protecting us and enforcing the rules will also fall into the highest category of the second phase. & # 39;
Mr. Zahawi has failed to provide assurances that the current restrictions are sufficient and has raised concerns from those who fail to comply.
"We don't want to take harsher measures, the lockdown is tough, schools are closed, but it's important to remember that this virus loves social interactions," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.
“We are reviewing all the restrictions, but these are pretty difficult right now. I worry about supermarkets and people who actually wear masks, follow the one-way system and make sure they wait outside the supermarket when capacity is full.
"I'm worried about some of the pictures I've seen of social interactions in parks. If you need to exercise, all you can do is exercise."
Mr. Zahawi has also urged the public to obey the rules, wear masks and monitor single-use systems in supermarkets.
He told Sky News: "We are concerned that in supermarkets, for example, we need to make sure that people are actually wearing masks and that they are following the one-way system rule, and that they are able to work safely so that people outside the supermarkets can wait.
"We don't want to get tougher because this is a pretty tough lockdown, but we need people who act like they have the virus so we can get this virus under control during vaccination."
said there had been "higher compliance" with coronavirus restrictions so far than in November but urged people to oppose social interaction.
"As for me – we don't want to take tougher measures, we have already banned pretty tightly," he told Times Radio.
& # 39; The only message is that this virus loves social interaction. We are all very sociable animals … (but) we must continue to be vigilant.
“It is these social interactions that help the virus that we need to avoid.
“These rules are not limits to be pushed against. They are rules designed to help us all lower the death rate, ease the pressure on the NHS, and help us help me keep vaccinating so we can actually stay ahead of the virus. '
Chris Whitty warned today that the next few weeks will be the worst yet for the NHS as the government begs people not to exceed the lockdown lines – and threatens to make them even tougher.
The chief medical officer went on the air to highlight the magnitude of the threat. He said 30,000 people are in the hospital, compared to the high of 18,000 in April.
In the midst of chatting in the street and in stores, Prof. Whitty urged people to remember that "any unnecessary contact" was an opportunity for the virus to spread.
"We are happy about the bite – but the journey costs us 25 pounds in a taxi": Retirees come to vaccinations after sometimes long journeys
From Shekhar Bhatia
The first elderly couple to be vaccinated at the ExCel Center today were William and June Eels.
Mr and Mrs Eels (pictured), 88 and 82 years old, said they did not understand why they had to travel from Chingford to London Docklands to get the vaccination.
Ms. Eels said, “We had a long way to go and it costs £ 25 in a taxi.
“We would have hoped they would have found somewhere nearby. But we just want to keep going. & # 39;
Mr. Eels, wearing a plastic face covering and gasping for breath, added, “We have to see if it works.
“But we know we'll have to come back in about 12 weeks. I don't really want to come back, but I think we have to.
He said they received the invitation letters to be injected with the anti-Covid vaccine on Saturday and made appointments immediately.
In the face of a flood of cameras, he laughed and added, "I've never been so popular."
Around 50 seniors were the first to be injected at ExCel starting at 10 a.m. and there is hope that several hundred thousand people will receive the vaccine in the coming weeks at the complex where some of the 2012 Olympics are taking place.
He insisted that while the NHS is in "the most dangerous situation anyone can remember", vaccines mean the UK can be back to normal in "months, not years" – but he warned the situation is far from it away.
The intervention came amid concerns that the number of daily deaths could rise to 2,000, and Boris Johnson sought to tighten national lockdown rules even more dramatically if cases continued to increase.
A Whitehall source said MailOnline ministers had been talking about people being allowed to leave the house only once a week – although No10 today denied it was an option. Other ideas include making it mandatory to wear masks outdoors and banning extended bladders.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi this morning suggested that stores be in the line of fire, stressing that everyone in supermarkets must wear masks and follow disposable systems. He appealed to people not to stop and chat with friends they meet outside of their homes.
Limiting people from different households to exercise together also appears to be in the pipeline as the government seeks ways to reduce transmission.
Prof. Whitty told BBC Breakfast: “We have a very important problem. The next few weeks will be the worst weeks of this pandemic as measured by the NHS numbers. & # 39;
He added, "That's everyone's problem."
Prof. Whitty said, "This is the most dangerous time we have really had in terms of the number of NHS members at this particular point in time."
A 99-year-old RAF veteran who feared slipping off the waiting list for Covid Jab thanked MailOnline after receiving a vaccination appointment within 24 hours of our story highlighting his plight.
The widower and great grandfather of four, Arthur Clark, said, “I cannot thank you enough for your intervention. It obviously did the trick. & # 39;
Arthur and his partner Joyce Steward, 87, spent hours on the phone with their family doctor in Beckenham, southeast London, as well as a local vaccination center after the national roll-out began last month, but like thousands of others, they were simply told to wait. despite Arthur's extreme age.
But after MailOnline revealed its situation on Friday, the wheels started moving surprisingly quickly.
"We got a call on Saturday night," he said. They asked me to go to the Beacon Health Center on Sunday morning and asked us to wrap up well in case we had to queue outside.
"But we didn't have to wait at all – the push was painless and we spent more time waiting afterwards than before."
Joyce, 87, was delighted to find she was also on the list for a sting, so the two of them were vaccinated together.
"We have no doubt that it was history that got things moving," she said. "Wir waren wirklich überrascht, dass Menschen in Arthurs Alter nicht ganz oben auf der Liste standen, aber es ist gut zu sehen, dass sich das Programm jetzt für alle schneller zu entwickeln scheint."
Herr Clark, ein ehemaliger Flieger der RAF, war Zeuge der Befreiung Birmas im Jahr 1945, als er Lord Louis Mountbatten traf und nach dem Krieg ein erfolgreicher Maurer wurde.
Britisches Covid-Impfstoff-Chaos: Ärzte sind gezwungen, BIN-Dosen zu verabreichen, "weil die Leute nicht zu Terminen erscheinen"
Die britische Impfaktion gegen Coronaviren wurde heute von noch mehr Chaos heimgesucht, nachdem behauptet wurde, dass Ärzte Dosen für Patienten wegwerfen müssen, die nicht aufgetaucht sind.
Ältere Patienten mussten sich in der eisigen Kälte für ihre Stöße im Freien anstellen, weil die IT-Systeme des NHS immer wieder abstürzen.
Das Impfprogramm wird diese Woche massiv erweitert. Heute Morgen werden sieben große Impfzentren eröffnet, und Premierminister Boris Johnson verspricht, bis Freitag 200.000 Stöße pro Tag zu erreichen.
Ein Krankenhaus in London musste Dosen von Covid-Impfstoffen wegwerfen, weil die Leute nicht zu ihren Terminen erscheinen. Berichten zufolge haben Mitarbeiter Freunde und Familie angerufen, um zu eilen und übrig gebliebene Vorräte zu verbrauchen, die nur stundenlang aus dem Gefrierschrank kommen.
In der Zwischenzeit haben IT-Probleme – bekannt als Achillesferse des Gesundheitswesens – dazu geführt, dass Patienten sich draußen für ihre Impfstoffe anstellen müssen, während die Mitarbeiter versuchen, die Systeme zum Laufen zu bringen.
Die British Medical Association sagte, das Programm zur Organisation der Stichpläne sei "unglaublich langsam" und stürze ab.
Heute wurden in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Stevenage, Bristol, Surrey und Newham im Zentrum von London sieben riesige Massenimpfzentren eröffnet.
In ganz Großbritannien gibt es mindestens weitere 1.000 Standorte, an denen Pfizer und AstraZeneca Stöße abgeben. Die Regierung beabsichtigt, bis Mitte Februar 13,9 Millionen der am stärksten gefährdeten Menschen des Landes zu impfen.
Die ersten paar hundert Menschen wurden in einem Massenzentrum auf einem Tennisplatz im Manchester City Etihad-Stadion geimpft.
Bis zu einem Dutzend erhielten ihre Covid-19-Impfstoffe gleichzeitig im Manchester Football and Tennis Centre in Schoten.
Die erste Person verließ kurz vor 9.15 Uhr, als ein stetiger Strom von Menschen auf den blauen Parkplatz von City gefahren wurde.
Sie machten dann einen kurzen Spaziergang zum weißen Eingang des Tenniszentrums mit 24 Innenplätzen.
Die erste geimpfte Person, eine Frau in den Achtzigern, die nicht genannt werden wollte, sagte: „Es fühlt sich wunderbar an, die erste Person zu sein.
„Ich war nicht nervös, nur aufgeregt, es zu erledigen. Das Personal war sehr nett. & # 39;
Patricia Stabler, 81, aus Rossendale, Lancs, war die nächste.
Die Großmutter sagte: „Es scheint alles sehr reibungslos zu laufen.
„Das Personal war großartig und hat Sie beruhigt. Aber ich war nicht nervös, weil ich es schaffen wollte.
Ich ging in eine Kapsel, um mich injizieren zu lassen, und krempelte meinen Ärmel hoch.
"Vorher mussten Sie sich registrieren, aber ich musste nur fünf Minuten warten."
Jean Rowland, 86, aus Astley, Gtr Manchester, sagte: „Es wurden ungefähr ein Dutzend Menschen gleichzeitig geimpft.
„Aber ich glaube, es gab ungefähr 50 Leute, die darauf warteten, erledigt zu werden.
»Man konnte nicht sagen, ob die Mitarbeiter Armee waren oder nicht, da sie alle weiße Overalls trugen.
„Ich musste nur fünf Minuten warten, bevor ich meinen Stoß bekam.
Dann musste ich 15 Minuten warten, um sicherzugehen, dass es mir gut ging.
'Es fühlt sich wunderbar an, einer der Ersten zu sein. Jetzt muss ich nur noch Ende März zurückkommen. & # 39;
Daniel Lapsley, 80, wurde von seiner Frau Florence, 78, begleitet, um auf dem Etihad-Campus auf dem Gelände der Stadt geimpft zu werden.
Der Großvater von sechs Kindern sagte: „Ich glaube, es wurden ungefähr 12 Leute zur gleichen Zeit wie ich gemacht.
'Aber es lief definitiv nur mit etwa der halben Kapazität.
"Es gab leere Räume um mich herum, so dass sie eine große Anzahl von Menschen impfen konnten, wenn es voll funktionsfähig ist."
Florence sagte: "Es lief gut, aber sie sagten Dinge wie:" Wir könnten es so machen ".
„Es ist erst der erste Tag, also haben sie die Dinge fein abgestimmt.
„Ich habe meinen Stoß nicht bekommen und war sehr eifersüchtig auf meinen Mann.
'I'm a bit younger so I have to wait a bit longer.'
Retired steel worker Ron Wadsworth, 94, of Swinton, Gtr Manchester said: 'It feels great to have innoculated.
'It seems to run very smoothly.
'There was hardly any waiting and they were all vert welcoming.
'I just have to come back in 12 weeks.'
Robert Williams, 84, receives an injection of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination centre at Epsom Downs Racecourse
James Charlton receives the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination hub in the Centre For Life in Newcastle
People wait to receive an injection of a Covid-19 vaccine at the NHS vaccine centre that has been set up at Robertson House in Stevenage
Nana Kwabena Edusei, aged 81 from Heaton is the first patient to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine at the Centre For Life in Newcastle
Outside members of the public queue outside the Centre For Life to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine
People wait in their seats for their vaccinations at Epsom racecourse where patients are in and out in four minutes
Staff make preparations ahead of the opening of the NHS mass vaccination centre that has been set up in the grounds of Epsom Race Course
Alex Morton, 27, receives her jab along with other health and care staff at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne
The Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London (pictured today) is also be a vaccination hub
People arrive at the vaccination centre at Millenium Point, Birmingham today – one of seven mass vaccination hubs opening today
Ashton Gate in Bristol, the home of Bristol City FC is also open for people to get their jabs today
Manchester's mass covid-19 vaccination centre at the Etihad Campus today, where elderly members of the public arrived early for jabs
Over-80s face gruelling trips to vaccination hubs to get inoculated against Covid-19… or an agonising wait for a unit to open nearer to home
Some of the first pensioners invited to the new vaccination centres have been told they face long journeys to get their jabs.
Around 130,000 invitations were sent out to those aged 80 or over at the weekend, with 600,000 to follow this week.
But some are astonished at being asked to travel so far.
Mary McGarry, from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, said she was advised to take her husband, who has cancer and lung disease, 20 miles to Birmingham.
She said: 'We're very reluctant to go into Birmingham city centre.
'If we can't get somebody to take us, we'd have to go on the train, but we're shielding because my husband's got poor health.
'We want to know why we've got to travel that far?'
She said: 'We're very reluctant to go into Birmingham city centre. We're shielding because of my husband… why have we got to travel that far?'
Kay Hayward, from Whitwick in Leicestershire, was offered five locations – including Widnes, 94 miles away in Cheshire – for her husband Kenneth, 85. She said: 'I thought they must be joking… we talked about it and we thought it was actually safer to stay here and for him not not have it.'
The NHS says if appointments at the new centres are not convenient, people can be immunised more locally later on.
Separately, some pensioners are being forced to queue at GP practices for hours in order to receive a jab because computers keep crashing, it was claimed last night.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said a glitch in the system was causing chaos, a month after it was first flagged as an issue.
The hubs will be staffed by trained volunteers from both St John Ambulance and the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme alongside NHS staff.
At the Newcastle site, some key workers received their jab over the weekend in advance of the doors officially opening to the public today.
There are around 1,000 vaccination centres, of which 800 are GP-led, but this will rise to 1,200 over the course of the week.
Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS's national medical director, said: 'Please don't contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you.'
It comes as 1.5 million in priority groups have received one of the jabs, and in order to meet the target of 13.9 million people in priority groups by mid-February there needs to be at least two million vaccinations a week.
And Boris Johnson wants to open 50 mass vaccination centres across the country within weeks to help hit his target of offering vaccines to nearly 14 million people by the middle of next month.
It is reported at least another 43 hubs are now being planned for areas with large populations.
A source told the Sunday Telegraph: 'By mid-February there will be 50 (of them).'
It is a minimum requirement for any public immunisation centre to manage 1,000 weekly doses, and these centres will be some of the largest in the UK.
The expansion of the inoculation programme is being handled by Nadhim Zahawi MP, who Mr Johnson recently made the minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment.
But The Times has claimed much of the planning for the rollout had already been done before the former-businessman was appointed to the role.
Mr Zahawi's role has since been dismissed by some as a redundant position to assuage backbench calls for a 'minister for vaccines'.
One person involved in the rollout said: 'I don't think the success of the vaccine programme will depend on Nadhim Zahawi.'
Downing St had been worried about the relatively slow pace of the vaccinations across the country, with NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens said to be keeping ministers at 'an arm's length' from distribution logistics.
Senior government sources played down fears of glitches in the roll-out, saying that delivery of vaccines to the NHS had been 'lumpy'.
One said: 'This is a biological compound. It was always going to be lumpy. You get a delivery and they say 'we have had a delay, can we do the batch in a week's time'. And then the MHRA has to do inspections.'
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are running their own Covid vaccination programmes. Scotland will have enough Covid vaccine by the end of this month to vaccinate its top four priority groups, sources said.
Stock: A batch of precious Covid-19 vaccines arrive at the Epsom centre at the racecourse today
The Etihad Tennis Centre, Manchester, has been converted as two eomen walked in for their jabs today
Fears remain that the government may be overpromising how much can realistically be delivered, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning saying that every adult in the country will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine by the autumn.
Mehr als 600.000 Menschen ab 80 Jahren werden diese Woche Einladungen erhalten, das Coronavirus in neuen großen Impfstoffzentren in ganz England abschießen zu lassen.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that officials were 'on track' to reach the 13.5 million target by the middle of February.
The vaccination drive comes as Britain sees a steep increase in infections and record numbers of COVID-19 patients being hospitalised, with many experts warning that the situation is more dire than it was when the country went into its first lockdown last spring.
Office of National Statistics figures last week estimated that 1 in 50 people in England had the virus.
Britain today suffered 563 coronavirus deaths – the third deadliest Sunday in the whole pandemic. Infections were recorded at 54,940, the thirteenth day in a row where the number was above 50,000.
Mr Hancock said that more than 200,000 people are being vaccinated in England every day, and that by autumn, the entire adult population should have been offered a jab.
'We've got over 350 million doses on order – they're not all here yet. We're rolling them out as fast as they get delivered,' he told the Andrew Marr show.
'But we are going to have enough to be able to offer a vaccine to everyone over the age of 18 by the autumn.'
Tracy Nicholls, die Geschäftsführerin des College of Paramedics, sagte, Mitglieder hätten Krankenwagen gemeldet, die bis zu neun Stunden vor Krankenhäusern standen und nicht in der Lage waren, Patienten an Notaufnahmen zu übergeben.
'This year particularly has seen incredible pressure because of the clinical presentation of the patients our members are seeing. They are sicker,' she said.
'We are seeing the ambulance handover delays at a scale we haven't seen before.'
England entered a third national lockdown in the beginning of January, which closed all nonessential shops, schools, colleges and universities for at least six weeks.
Regulators the MHRA authorised the Moderna vaccine this week, making it the third to be licensed for use after Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccines.
Trials suggest that the Moderna jab is 94.5 per cent effective in preventing symptoms and that it works in older people.
The government said yesterday that it had increased its order by 10 million doses to 17 million. Each person requires two shots.
However while batches of the other two are already being sent out to vaccination centres, the Moderna jab will not be available until the autumn, after waiting for trial data before making a commitment.
The United States and the European Union are ahead in the queue for the shot.
Vaccine Q&A: UK speeds out the rollout of life-saving jab
The push to vaccinate the UK against Covid-19 reaches a new level on Monday as several mass injection centres open amid dire warnings in all four nations over high levels of infection and struggling hospital systems.
In what some commentators are calling the arrival of the cavalry in the fight against the coronavirus, here is a look at the new developments on the vaccination front.
– What's the latest?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will today set out the Government's new plan for delivering vaccines, which it is hailing as the 'keystone of our exit out of the pandemic'.
A rollout strategy will also be detailed in Wales. In Scotland, the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is available in more than 1,000 locations from Monday. Northern Ireland already has the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines being distributed.
– What vaccines have been approved in the UK?
While hundreds of vaccines are under development worldwide, three have been approved for Britain. First came the Pfizer/NioNTech jab, then the Oxford-AstraZeneca, and last week, the third, made by US firm Moderna.
All up, the UK has ordered around 370 million doses of vaccines.
– What's the difference?
The Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna treatments are called RNA vaccines (for ribonucleic acid). They inject part of the genetic code of the Covid-19 coronavirus directly into people's cells – encased in tiny fat droplets to protect it – in order to spark the body's immune system into learning what the virus is, and responding. Simply put, it starts making part of the virus inside the body, the immune system then learns to identify the virus, then spring into action to defeat it, to stop Covid-19 developing.
The trouble is, RNA vaccines need to be kept at extremely low temperatures – Pfizer's at -70C, and Moderna's at -20C – often requiring very careful delivery chains involving hi-tech freezers, dry ice, etc.
The UK-developed Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is a viral vector vaccine. With these, scientists can add the RNA genetic code of the Covid-19 coronavirus to the genetic material of another virus – making a viral vector – which is then used in the vaccine. Once in people's cells, this, like RNA vaccines, triggers the immune system to recognise the Covid-19 virus and do its work to defeat it.
Piggy-backing on another virus might cause people to worry about contracting some other form of infection. Scientists have avoided this risk by using harmless, genetically altered, viral vectors which cannot cause diseases.
While both RNA and viral vector are double-dose vaccines, the big plus with the latter is it can be stored at a regular fridge temperature, making delivery far easier (especially in poorer countries).
– How effective are they?
Trials have shown the Moderna vaccine to be 94.5% effective, and the Pfizer-BioNTech jab to be 95% effective.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to be around 70% effective, but again, its major advantage is ease of distribution.
– Who is first in line for the jabs?
The Government set out its priority groups on December 30. Top of the list are nine different categories, based mostly on age, referred to as Phase 1 of the programme. The list starts with residents in care homes for older adults plus their carers.
Second comes people over 80 plus frontline health and social care workers.
Third comes all people over 75, then people over 70 plus anyone classed as extremely vulnerable due to other clinical conditions, down to the ninth grouping of people aged from 50-54.
This top nine was determined from data showing the number of people in each category who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death (the more people, the higher up the list).
Phase 2 deals with people whose jobs put them at risk to Covid exposure. The Government says this could include first responders, the military, people employed in the justice system, teachers, transport workers and public servants who are critical to the fight against the pandemic.
– What's happening today?
Seven mass vaccination centres will open across England.
Ashton Gate football stadium in Bristol, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, the Excel Centre where London's Nightingale hospital is based, Newcastle's Centre for Life, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, Robertson House in Stevenage and Birmingham's Millennium Point will offer jabs to people aged 80 and older, along with health and care staff.
These centres will be joined later this week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total of sites to around 1,200.
The Government has set a target of having 15 million people vaccinated by mid-February.