Is the great vaccination drive doomed to failure by Easter? Volunteer Army was NOT recruited

Retired doctors desperate to roll up their sleeves and help the UK give 2 million Covid vaccines every week to end the continuous cycle of lockdowns through spring have today overcome the NHS bureaucracy after which they Have to prove they are not terrorists before they are allowed to participate.

Ex-meds wanting to go straight to the front line to deliver the thrusts have complained about the bizarre requirement to include up to 21 documents in their application, including proof that they have completed radicalization prevention training.

Dr. Melanie Jones, a former anesthetist in South Wales, urged the NHS to "bend some rules" so they could use the "Dad's Army" of up to 40,000 retired doctors and nurses who volunteer in the spring have reported. Another retired medical professional claimed he wouldn't bother to apply after being told by Dr. Jones & # 39; had heard of the ordeal on social media.

Despite their appeals, the general practitioners in charge of the vaccine delivery say they urgently need more manpower to help Britain drastically speed up the pace of the mammoth surgery. This is believed to be the only hope Britain ever has of getting back to normal life before spring.

However, the NHS has not yet asked the army to support the introduction of the turbocharger. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace today insists that the military stands ready to dispense up to 100,000 doses a day should health care ever need to. Even Tesco has offered to hand over its network of refrigerated trucks and warehouses to charge the roll-out.

Matt Hancock has repeatedly promised that the draconian restrictions, which have been continuously enforced since March, can be lifted once millions of the most vulnerable members of society are given the sting – but No10 has never committed to an actual number and the nation completely leave unsuspecting when they will be able to live normal lives again.

And Downing Street's plan to vaccinate 2 million people against Covid every week could be doomed before the largest vaccination campaign in British history even started, despite Labor urging ministers to “move heaven and earth “And accelerate the introduction quickly.

In yet another blow to plans to drastically speed up vaccination campaigns, NHS England numbers today showed the rate at which puffs were delivered slowed during the Christmas break – from around 292,000 puffs a week to 243,000 within seven Days end December 27th.

And a MailOnline analysis found that the UK may not be able to vaccinate all 30 million Britons on the priority list by December 2022, if only the NHS can keep going at the current pace. And it would take twice as long to make sure they got the second dose they needed.

Even if health bosses manage to increase injections to a million a week, it could be until August next year for # 10 to complete phase one by giving a dose of the push to the most vulnerable members of society.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday promised the UK would deliver the bumps as soon as it receives them, and the boss of AstraZeneca – whose coronavirus vaccine got the green light yesterday – insisted they could deliver 2 million doses a week by mid-January.

But supply problems could ruin the grand plans. No10's vaccine taskforce promised to have 4 million doses of the Oxford / AstraZeneca jab ready by the end of 2020 – but has since warned of "manufacturing challenges". Mr Hancock announced yesterday that the UK will only have 500,000 cans ready as of Monday.

In more chaotic scenes for the big roll-out of No10, it was revealed today that family doctor practices were forced to cancel deadline appointments for vulnerable patients after regulators yesterday extended the period between two doses and 12 weeks in order to get millions vaccinated faster.

And dozens of retirees shivered in the cold for more than an hour yesterday before surgery in Harlow, Essex, after showing up for their Covid puff to find a large line outside.

Dozens of retirees shivered outside a Covid-19 vaccination center in Harlow, Essex yesterday after showing up for their assigned appointment only to find a large line outside

Dozens of retirees shivered outside a Covid-19 vaccination center in Harlow, Essex yesterday after showing up for their assigned appointment only to find a large line outside

Only 2,000 people in the Isles of Scilly are still in Tier 1 - everyone else in England is under the highest Tier 3 and 4 bans by midnight

Only 2,000 people in the Isles of Scilly are still in Tier 1 – everyone else in England is under the highest Tier 3 and 4 bans by midnight


NHS England says doctors will receive an additional £ 10 for every dose of Covid vaccine they give to nursing home residents or workers.

General Practitioners will receive an additional payment on top of the standard £ 12.58 fee for each push to compensate for the extra time and resources required to visit patients on site.

A letter sent to all primary care networks by health leaders said they had asked Covid local vaccination services to give priority to nursing home residents and nursing home staff to ensure that this priority group was against Covid as soon as possible. 19 is vaccinated.

It stated: “We appreciate the extra time and resources required to deliver the vaccine in a nursing home, especially at this pressurized time of year. Therefore, the NHS gives an additional £ 10 per dose surcharge on top of the service fee for all vaccines dispensed in a nursing home. "

The supplement is applicable if the first dose is delivered before the end of January, she added.

While the Pfizer vaccine was limited to nursing homes with over 50 beds, smaller nursing homes will be part of the new vaccine rollout starting next week.

So far, only larger nursing homes with more than 50 beds have received the Pfizer / BioNTech push due to storage and transport problems.

This has resulted in the abandonment of smaller homes, of which there are around 12,000 in England.

But yesterday, Matt Hancock confirmed that there are fewer restrictions on the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine as it can be stored at more manageable temperatures.

This means it can be shipped in smaller quantities – and nursing home residents are on the priority list to get the vaccine from next week.

The approval of the vaccine will give hope to nursing home residents and the elderly who cannot leave their homes. The service providers say that they are “excited”.

In other coronavirus news:

  • Parents are furious as some elementary schools are allowed to reopen while others several meters away are forced to close.
  • Intensive care doctor accuses "badly behaved audience" of refusing to wear coronavirus crisis mask;
  • The SAGE expert warns that a full lockdown is inevitable by the end of January after 20 million more Britons fell into Tier 4.
  • Jonathan Van-Tam warns that the vaccine does not mean retirees can trade with wild devotion and go to the bingo halls.
  • Doctors are paid an additional £ 10 for every puff of covid they give to nursing home residents – to compensate for the extra time it takes to visit;
  • Critically ill patients in London hospitals are being rushed hundreds of miles to Yorkshire because the intensive care units are full.
  • Police crack down on street parties and fence in Trafalgar Square while scientists urge the public to bring the New Year home with their household.

Dr. Jones sparked anger after she tweeted a picture of the documents she had to submit to be on the register for Covid vaccine delivery.

Regarding the picture, she said: “The bureaucracy that retired doctors face when they want to help introduce vaccination. Twenty pieces of evidence that most of us just don't have. Really? & # 39;

Others had similar problems. Kevin Griffin, who claims to have retired as a radiologist five years ago, said he tried to join the volunteer program today but was "turned down every step".

Professor Maureen Baker, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, said she had "given up" and said that the NHS "couldn't be more bureaucratic in a month on Sundays!"

And Angela Lewis, who used to deliver vaccines when she worked at the NHS, said she wanted to "just move on" after spending two days filling out the 20 required documents.

Official figures show that if health bosses don't energize the introduction, it can take anyone over 50 to get their first dose of the vaccine can take them over a hundred weeks.

But even if they increase the vaccinations to a million a week, it could be until August 8th for all members of the priority group to get their first dose.

And reaching the target of two million – which top scientists believe is a must to avoid a “catastrophe” in 2021 – would not result in everyone over 50 getting the sting until April 22nd.

However, figures released today by NHS England suggest that the high-profile adoption of the Covid-19 vaccine over the Christmas season has indeed slowed due to tightened restrictions.

Health chiefs have 243,039 Brits in the seven days ending December 27, but 543,000 Brits in the first 13 days of introduction.

If you convert that to a weekly rate, before Christmas they suggest giving the vaccine to 292,000 Brits every seven days.

The holiday season includes two public holidays that may have slowed down plans to dispense the vaccine as staff took time off, but health chiefs have insisted they keep handing out the bump during the festive season.

The Covid-19 test centers also stayed open during the holidays and made almost 300,000 swabs on Christmas Day, official figures show.

There are around 6.5 million people in the highest priority group – those over 80 who work in the NHS and nursing homes. It is estimated that another 24.1 million between 50 and 75 years of age and 1.1 million between 18 and 64 years of age are most at risk from the virus.

Mr Wallace said today the Army is ready to help get the vaccine up and running and has already hired 130 military planners to plan the distribution of hundreds of thousands of doses.

How NHS workers were prevented from returning to the front lines by filing 21 documents in support of their application

Red tape and excessive red tape have prevented retired NHS workers from returning to the front lines to support the fight against Covid this year.

Medical professionals were required to produce 21 documents to support their volunteering application, which even included evidence of training to prevent radicalization.

More than 40,000 doctors and nurses applied to return to the NHS to help with the pandemic, but only 5,000 had been given jobs by July.

Claire Barker, a retired general practitioner who ran her own practice for 30 years until she retired in 2017, said it was "impossible" to apply because she could not provide all of the evidence requested.

73-year-old Dr. Brian Cooper, who formerly worked at Birmingham City Hospital, was one of tens of thousands of retired medical professionals who joined the NHS 'call for volunteers when the risk of hospital overload became high.

However, he claims his offer of help went unanswered for seven months despite the NHS asking for more staff to get normal services back up and running.

The NHS chief who oversaw recruitment Andrew Foster said officials ignored his request to start a bank of volunteers.

He said, "Everyone could see that there was going to be a second wave and that vaccinations were needed." His team added that he was trying to build his own military reserve of workers.

He told MailOnline, “My beef is that the government has received tremendous feedback from doctors and nurses willing to return and help, but there is no evidence that they have employed no more than a handful of such people .

& # 39; There appears to be an inability on the part of the NHS to ease its red tape to facilitate the use of retired doctors and nurses. Many of us are frustrated with the ability to continue providing non-covidic nursing. Many of us are in our late 60s and early 70s. & # 39;

He told Times Radio, "I also have plans for up to 250 teams of medically trained personnel who could deliver the vaccine across the country – that would be over 100,000 a day that they could potentially deliver if requested by the NHS." & # 39;

But he added, “The NHS may not need our support to increase this delivery. They have recruited volunteers and people to give the injections.

"I think what we are going to say and throughout the government's response – a bit like the enforcement questions – we are ready to do this, but it is of course right in our constitution for the civil authorities to propose . "

Tesco subsidiary Best Food Logistics has also offered its fleet of refrigerated vans and warehouses for the national effort to move the Oxford pile, which must be stored at the same temperature as a household refrigerator, a supermarket spokesman confirmed to MailOnline.

Best – which is owned by a division of Tesco – has spare capacity as it also supplies hundreds of pubs and restaurants that have closed due to the pandemic.

Professor Richard Wilding, an expert in supply chain logistics at the Cranfield School of Management, told the Daily Telegraph: “The chilled food supply chain had discussions months ago to help distribute vaccines in anticipation of this vaccine's approval.

“I'm not sure the NHS has the capacity to move 100 million cans very quickly. I would expect military logistics experts who can thwart the policy being brought in to help, as well as commercial operators who would allow sales to ramp up very quickly.

"I believe if they work together they can give the vaccine to anyone who needs it in a matter of months."

More than 40,000 doctors and nurses have also signed up to assist the NHS in the first wave, but the telegraph reports of the 30,000 who were barely 5,000 eligible had even been given jobs by July.

But today GPs complained that they needed a "bigger workforce" to speed up vaccine rollout to the much-needed two million shots a week.

The chairman of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Martin Marshall, told the Daily Telegraph, “So far, the number of vaccinations has been possible within the current workforce, so in general practice general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists come out clinical work for a day or two , Deliver a vaccine and then go back to work.

“If we are in the mass vaccination field, we will need a larger workforce if supplies allow. And what we say as a college is probably the most important workforce, the retirees or returnees. & # 39;

He added, “I don't think we will go from where we are now with 700,000 to 800,000 people vaccinated to two million vaccinated people a week. I think this will take longer than we think. & # 39;

The retirees stood in the cold for hours and some had to go home for thicker coats and blankets

The retirees stood in the cold for hours and some had to go home for thicker coats and blankets

The West Essex CCG, which is in charge of the clinic, has yet to comment on why elderly patients were left outside for hours

The West Essex CCG, which is in charge of the clinic, has yet to comment on why elderly patients were left outside for hours


Dozens of retirees shivered for hours outside a Covid-19 vaccination center in Harlow, Essex, yesterday after an appointment mistake.

People aged 80 and over showed up at Lister House's Staple Tye practice at their assigned time and found a large line of lines outside.

Carol Middleton, whose 90-year-old mother Irene stood in line for an hour and ten minutes, told Your Harlow that some people were so cold they went home to get blankets and thick coats.

"(But) then they had to get back in the queue again," she said, "so the appointments given to people at the end became pointless because it came first, served first."

Some people took off their own coats to go around their elderly relatives. Mom says some people really suffered. & # 39;

She added, "Mom is a sturdy soul, but even she said she was still shaking and struggling to warm up."

The Met Office says Harlow temperatures hit a freezing 4 ° C yesterday.

West Essex CCG, which is in charge of the operation, blamed the queue for "teething troubles" and insisted on "working hard to make the process as smooth as possible for the locals who come for their vaccinations".

Doctors who dispense the vaccine in nursing homes will receive an additional £ 10 per shot, NHS England said yesterday.

You will receive the additional payment on top of the standard £ 12.58 charge for each push to compensate for the extra time and resources required to visit patients on site.

It stems from fear that the NHS has not used the organization's support and has even recruited retired doctors – who may enjoy working for free – for its vaccination campaign.

Dr. Brian Cooper, 73, who previously worked at Birmingham City Hospital, told MailOnline that none of his former colleagues who responded to the NHS 'call for help at the start of the pandemic had been returned to the ward.

"I don't know anyone who has gone back," he said.

After re-enrolling with the NHS in April, Dr. Cooper, a gastroenetorologist experienced in identifying cancers of the stomach and intestines, asked to perform a contact tracing task that did not require any qualifications. "I replied that it wasn't using my time well," he said.

Dr. Cooper then didn't hear from health bosses for seven months until the NHS organized a Zoom meeting in November that promised they would be in touch within the next two weeks. He has yet to be asked to do shifts.

“My sister-in-law is a retired eye surgeon for London. She was asked to work in the new nightingale in London, but that never really got off the ground, as you know. She also pointed out, "I am an eye surgeon," he said.

"I also know a family doctor in the east of England who tried to help with vaccinations and was told, 'Well, would you like to help sort out the parking space in the practice? "

“My beef is that the government has had a tremendous response from doctors and nurses willing to go back and help, but there is no evidence that they have deployed more than a handful of such people.

“There appears to be an inability for the NHS to loosen its red tape to facilitate the deployment of retired doctors and nurses.

“Many of us are frustrated with the ability to continue providing non-covid care. Many of us are in our late 60s and early 70s.

“We can run outpatient clinics and refer patients with suspected cancer. That would get younger doctors dealing with acute admissions, or we could get vaccinated and go to the front lines.

"The colleagues would be only too happy to help if they could help."

Dosage error in OXFORD VACCINE TRIALS LED leading to confusion as to whether half the dose should be given

A flaw in the Oxford coronavirus vaccine trials led to suggestions that patients should receive half a dose followed by a full dose instead of the two recommended full doses.

Volunteers for the then experimental burst who received two full doses were 62 percent likely to be protected from the virus.

However, the results showed that the group that received half the dose – which was smaller and did not include anyone over 55 – had protection in up to 90 percent of the participants.

The discrepancy left regulators rummaging through mountains of data trying to figure out which dosage regimen to approve.

But yesterday the UK regulator approved the vaccine to be given in two full doses.

Dr. June Raine, its chief executive officer, said her analysis found that it has not been confirmed that half the dose offers greater immunity to coronavirus.

In the studies, fewer people received half the dose – 3,000 compared to 9,000 – and it wasn't given to anyone over 55 who is at higher risk from the virus.

The mix-up was due to a measurement error by researchers at Oxford University.

In May, a quality review of a vaccine dispensing by a manufacturer in Italy found the chemicals were more effective than ordered, according to a Reuters investigation.

The Italian company IRBM / Advent insisted that Lot K.0011 contained the correct concentration of vaccine after being checked with a genetic test known as quantitative PCR, which calculates the amount of viral material per milliliter.

However, Oxford used a different type of test that estimated the amount of viral matter based on the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light that the material absorbed.

Believing their method to give a more accurate measurement, the university diluted the dose so that it became a half-dose batch.

Supply issues are likely to cause the UK vaccine to falter further after Mr Hancock announced that only 530,000 doses of the Oxford vaccine will arrive by Monday – despite ordering more than 100 million doses and being the first country in the world to that gives him the vaccine the green light.

The lack of a key ingredient for Pfizer's sting in October also reset its schedules, implying fears officials won't hit the promised $ 5 million delivery target by the end of the year.

Officials close to the matter told the Financial Times that the supply of lipid nanoparticles – fat bubbles – that are used to deliver the genetic code of the virus' spike protein has been cut.

Andrey Zarur, executive director of GreenLight BioSciences, a US company that works with mRNA used in vaccines, told the publication that the availability of this product in Europe is "quite limited".

Plans for the vaccine rollout were thrown into even greater chaos last night after the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) announced that there could be up to 12 weeks between each dose, so GPs would make an effort to cancel appointments and to book again.

The Oxfordshire Doctor, Dr. Helen Salisbury, wrote on Twitter, “Can I ask Matt Hancock to take a shift on our phones and call our 80+ patients to explain that their second dose of vaccine has been canceled?

& # 39; Our Primary Care Network (PCN) has to cancel 1,160 appointments and book another 1,160 new ones. With five minutes per call, that's 193 hours of work. Not to mention sadness and anger. & # 39;

The British Medical Association's medical union today beat up the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), saying their decision to allow 12 weeks between the first and second dose of the vaccine is for patients who have already received the first "Grossly unfair" dose.

The chairman of the GP committee, Dr. Richard Vautrey said it was "unprofessional and impractical" to cancel and rebook appointments for tens of thousands of frail elderly patients.

"The decision to ask general practitioners to rebook patients for three months at such short notice will create enormous logistical problems for almost all vaccination centers and practices," he warned.

"For example, to get in touch with only two thousand elderly or vulnerable patients, a team of five has to work in a practice for about a week, and that is simply untenable."

& # 39; The BMA believes that the existing commitment of the NHS and local clinicians to these patients should be respected. If general practitioners decide to keep these booked appointments in January, the BMA will support them.

"The government needs to see that it is only right that existing bookings for the oldest and most vulnerable members of our society be recognized, and it also needs to publish a scientifically validated rationale for its new approach as soon as possible."

Having the vaccine doesn't mean RETIRERS can trade IN "WILD ABANDON" and go to BINGO HALLS, says JVT

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam on Wednesday urged people to be "patient" before acting with "wild devotion" if they were vaccinated against coronavirus

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam on Wednesday urged people to be "patient" before acting with "wild devotion" if they were vaccinated against coronavirus

Having one of the new coronavirus vaccines doesn't mean Brits, including retirees, can "act wildly and go to the bingo halls," the deputy chief medical officer said.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam was asked at the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday whether people who have received two doses of vaccine must continue to follow strict rules, such as: B. not seeing their families.

The scientist defined the question as "whether it is okay to behave with wild abandon and go to the bingo halls and so on".

He said much was still unknown whether bumps prevented people from passing the disease on to others and urged people to be "patient."

The official told reporters that the "magic substitute" was "transmission" and that scientists would know within months how effective the vaccines are in reducing the risk of "serious illness" from Covid.

His comments yesterday came after the Drugs and Health Products Agency regulator approved the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday. According to figures, around 280,000 people are currently receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech push every day.

Professor Van-Tam told reporters, “The spell is broadcast. Ich denke, wir können zuversichtlich sein und wir werden innerhalb weniger Monate ziemlich schnell wissen, welche Auswirkungen diese Impfstoffe auf die Reduzierung schwerer Krankheiten in der Bevölkerung haben und wann wir Ich weiß, dass wir sagen können – ich hoffe, wir können sagen -, wenn Sie vollständig geimpft sind, ist Ihre Wahrscheinlichkeit einer schweren Erkrankung durch Covid sehr deutlich verringert.

"Im Moment können wir nicht sagen, dass dies gleichbedeutend damit ist, dass der Virus nicht an andere weitergegeben werden kann."

Er fuhr fort: "Wir wissen noch nicht, ob die Impfstoffe die Übertragung verringern werden."

Später fügte er hinzu: "Ich kann Ihnen nicht die Gewissheit geben, dass Sie durch die Übertragung des Virus keine Gefahr für andere darstellen."

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