Covid vaccination stitches are expected to be offered by the NHS as early as next month, with five mass vaccination centers scheduled to be open by Christmas.
Leaked preliminary documents have revealed the plan to deploy hundreds of NHS workers in five locations across the country – bringing in tens of thousands of the public every day, The Sun reports.
Those most susceptible to coronavirus will be called first. Centers with aspiring nurses and paramedics are planned in Leeds, Hull and London, the publications say.
In addition to the five gigantic static locations, general practitioners and pharmacists are being asked to aid in the mass vaccination effort with a fleet of mobile units that can be used to reach vulnerable communities and nursing homes.
NHS staff hand out test kits to Glasgow University students when they come to a pop-up testing center in Glasgow for testing. October 3, 2020
A source told The Sun: “The first test results will probably be available in a month at the earliest. This means that the best scenario for a possible launch is just before Christmas.
"But the planning is well underway so there won't be any delay in vaccination once we have a working sting."
Preliminary plans put the vaccine launch date at the end of this month. However, without UK regulatory and European Medicines Agency approval to administer the vaccine, it is unlikely that the schedule will be met.
On Sunday, Matt Hancock confirmed that the military would be involved in distributing a coronavirus vaccine.
Tens of thousands could be vaccinated every day according to leaked documents
Nursing home residents and staff will be the first to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in front of NHS staff and anyone over 80
Nursing home residents and staff will be the first to receive a Covid-19 vaccine if approved, according to new government recommendations.
All over 80s and NHS staff will be in second place, updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccinating and Vaccinating States.
The body, which consists of 20 top scientists, advises the ministers on all vaccines. It admitted that its guidelines for a UK Covid-19 vaccination system are likely to change in the future.
Matt Hancock had previously promised that Brits would be at the top of the queue with underlying terms for each push. But millions who live with heart disease or other diseases that increase their risk of dying from Covid-19 will not be vaccinated under the new guidelines until everyone over 65 is vaccinated.
WHO GETS A COVID-19 JAB FIRST?
According to the ranking proposed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, the vaccines will be introduced in the following order:
- older adults living in a nursing home and nursing home workers
- all these 80s and older as well as health and social workers
- all these 75 years and older
- all these 70 years and older
- all these 65 years and older
- High risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health problems
- Intermediate risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health problems
- all these 60 years and older
- all these 55 years and older
- all these 50 years and older
- Rest of the population (priority to be determined)
The Minister of Health told the Tory virtual conference that "plans are underway" to bring the NHS and the armed forces together to facilitate "the rollout."
He said people would get the vaccine "in order of priority" – but didn't clarify what that order would be.
Mr Hancock told the Tory conference that a vaccine was the "great hope".
The main competitor in the race for a vaccine is Oxford University, which has been conducting trials since April. There is hope that the vaccine can be approved by regulators by Christmas.
Around 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccination, which has yet to prove successful, have already been ordered by the government.
The shocks developed by Oxford University require two vaccinations 28 days apart, which means the logistical challenge for the government is twofold.
Giving two doses of a vaccine to 53 million adults within a six month period would require 600,000 thrusts per day.
Today's document, leaked to The Sun, also suggested that health workers, including veterinarians, dietitians and podiatrists, could administer the dose if current regulations were relaxed.
Those who need the injections most urgently are at the top of the list, which means that residents and nursing home staff will receive them as soon as they are ready.
Next up are people over 80 and NHS staff, followed by those over 65, younger adults at higher risk, and those over 50.
Some nursing home managers were asked last month for a list of eligible frontline workers.
Last week, a report from the Royal Society warned that there would be significant challenges in distributing and manufacturing the vaccine on such a mass scale.
Nilay Shah, Head of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and co-author of the report, said, “Even if the vaccine is available, it doesn't mean everyone will be vaccinated within a month.
“We're talking about six months, nine months. . . a year. There is no question that life will suddenly go back to normal in March. & # 39;
Yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that he: a The vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready by the end of the year.
Dr. Ghebreyesus said in his closing remarks to the WHO Board of Directors, without going into detail, “We will need vaccines and there is hope that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year. There is hope. & # 39;
Nine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO global COVAX vaccine facility, which is expected to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.
The UK is currently tied to the European Medicines Agency until January, which means it will not be able to administer the drug even if it has been approved by UK regulators.
However, ministers have announced plans to amend the law to allow vaccinations to start earlier.
Some nursing home managers were asked last month for a list of eligible frontline workers
The Ministry of Health said: "We are confident that we have sufficient supplies or transportation, PPE and logistics skills to deploy a Covid-19 vaccine across the country as soon as possible."
The Royal Society report highlighted several challenges, including the need to inject humans with RNA, a type of genetic material, in some of the most promising studies, even though an RNA vaccine has never been produced on a large scale.
Questions also remain about supply chains, with some vaccines having to be stored at -80 ° C during transport.
In addition, up to 80 percent of the population may need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, even if a vaccine is found to be 90 percent effective at reducing transmission.
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