The UK Medicines Agency is expected to use one of the emergency coronavirus vaccines in a matter of days as the armed forces and the NHS urgently begin preparing for distribution to around 10 "vaccination centers".
Military personnel are turning sites like the mothballed Nightingale Hospital in London's ExCel Center, Epsom Racecourse in Surrey and Ashton Gate Football Stadium in Bristol into mass vaccination sites.
Northern locations include the Manchester Tennis and Football Center, the Center for Life Science Park in Newcastle and the Leicester Racecourse.
But British officials admitted last night the government does not have any of the bumps in their possession, which means vaccination against Covid-19 is unlikely to go beyond health and care workers this Christmas.
They told the Times to expect at least a week "delay" before vaccination begins, as doses will not be given to the NHS until the regulator gives the go-ahead.
The UK has ordered early access to 357 million doses of seven coronavirus vaccines – as people who signed up at the beginning of the pandemic to help others are drafted for mass vaccination.
More than 400,000 volunteered to volunteer in the spring, ready to pick up people's medication, drive them home from the hospital, and provide assistance over the phone. But now it is hoped that they will aid the government's vaccination drive as "voluntary vaccines" that will give the patient the sting.
Last night there was speculation that the drug and health products regulator is ready to sign the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine within days.
UK Medicines Agency is ready to license any of the coronavirus emergency vaccines within days and possibly today (picture in stock).
The UK recorded an additional 13,430 coronavirus infections and 603 deaths in the past 24 hours
Ministers are preparing today for a decision that would allow them to be administered as early as next week. NHS England last night released its full contract specification for General Practitioners Delivering Covid Shocks.
This states that they must be able to operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays if there is a need to do so for reasons such as: B. to use up the supply of vaccines without wasting one.
A letter sent to all practices indicates that some staff may need to vaccinate patients on Christmas Day.
It is expected that vaccination sites can deliver at least 1,000 shocks per week. The vaccination contract begins next Tuesday and GPs will receive £ 25.16 for every two puffs they give.
Volunteers with no medical training can use the GoodSAM app to get involved in injections with St. John Ambulance. The role description states: “Voluntary vaccines are trained to give a patient a vaccination. You are also ready to act if a patient experiences a side effect. & # 39;
Attempts are also made to volunteer for vaccination care. They help patients get to the right place for their thrust and are available to provide first aid if someone is uncomfortable. Voluntary patient advocates, the third type of caregiver, will "focus on patient welfare through their experience".
The rules have been changed to allow those who are not health professionals to give the push. All vaccinations are supervised by a healthcare professional.
More than 400,000 offered to spend their time in the spring as volunteers who were ready to pick up people's medicines, drive them home from the hospital and provide support over the phone (archive image)
An NHS spokesman said: "Given the likely incremental vaccine supply from manufacturers, most Covid vaccinations for high-risk people are expected to occur between January and Easter. Therefore, additional vaccines will be discontinued and trained for this period and volunteers will have the opportunity to help. & # 39;
The GoodSAM app states that voluntary vaccines must be under 70 years of age and over 16 years of age and must be ready to complete between six and twelve hours of training, including criteria prescribed by the NHS.
You need to be willing to do at least two shifts of up to eight hours per month.
St. John Ambulance has described the vaccination operation as "like nothing seen in peacetime" in this country.
It comes after Michael Gove was forced to deny that Britons need "immunity certificates" to go to the pub – despite a colleague who poses the prospect.
The Cabinet Office Minister was asked during a round of interviews whether people need to prove they have been given coronavirus vaccines to enter bars and restaurants. He replied flatly: "No."
When asked if they might be needed in theaters or sports centers, he said, "No, I don't think so, no."
Michael Gove was forced to deny that Britons need "immunity certificates" to go to the pub – although vaccination czar Nadhim Zahawi increased the view
The comments contrasted with the words of new vaccine tsar Nadhim Zahawi, who pointed out that some injections, while an injection would be voluntary, may insist on evidence of one before allowing entry.
"You will likely find restaurants and bars and cinemas, and other venues – sports venues – will likely use this system as well, as they did with the app," Zahawi told the BBC.
"The reason the app has been so successful is because a lot of the places you would go have the NHS QR code that you scan for your own safety."
While visiting a pharmaceutical company, Boris Johnson said it was possible that one of the puffs could be available "in a few weeks".
The imminent prospect of a major vaccination campaign raises questions about whether those waiting for or refusing to have a sting will enjoy less freedom than those who are protected.
The airlines have already examined the idea of applying for "immunity passports" as a flight condition.
But grilled over whether the government is considering vaccination records, Mr. Gove told Sky News, “No, that's not planned.
"I certainly have no plans to introduce vaccination records and I don't know anyone in the government …" He added, "I think the most important thing is to make sure we vaccinate as many people as possible."
Some experts have raised concerns about such systems and raised privacy and human rights concerns.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We have long considered the issues that Mr Zahawi has been talking about and how it affects individuals, what he can do."
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