Vaccination teams are ready to go to nursing homes to have the most vulnerable given the Covid sting by the end of the week.
General practitioners will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine at 280 local centers across the UK starting today.
This means those at greatest risk will finally get the protection they need after regulators approve the plans.
NHS chiefs said practices in more than 100 parts of the country will receive the vaccine today. Some clinics start this afternoon. The majority will start tomorrow.
97-year-old Ivy Smith was among those who received the new coronavirus vaccine at William Harvey Hospital in Kent
However, there are concerns that some designated sites will struggle to meet the requirement to dispense 975 doses in three and a half days because staff will have to observe patients for 15 minutes afterwards.
It came after two hospital workers had an allergic reaction to the bump when hospital use began last week, which is believed to have prompted some surgeries not to interfere.
General practitioners warned it was "an enormous challenge" for primary care to deliver coronavirus vaccines and the largest flu protection program ever without disrupting routine care.
Professor Martin Marshall, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said, “There are logistical challenges as well, but general practice has a great track record of running mass vaccination programs.
General practitioners are scheduled to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine at 280 local centers starting today. Pictured: Paula McMahon prepares to be given the Pfizer vaccine at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow
We would like to use this experience to protect people from Covid-19 and to get life back to normal.
“We're not going to vaccinate everyone at once – it will be a relatively small number at first – but while supplies are in place, GPs and our teams at selected locations will begin vaccinating people this week, starting with our most vulnerable patients . & # 39;
Oxford University Jab could be available within weeks
The chances of Oxford University Jab rolling out by the end of the year are "pretty high" according to one of its creators.
Sarah Gilbert, who led the team that developed the vaccine, said she was confident the vaccine would be available within weeks.
Attempts to combine the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine with the Russian Sputnik vaccines will also begin shortly, she said.
This will test whether the combination of shots of the different vaccines provides better protection than two doses of the same.
Family doctors are accompanied by nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, other NHS staff, and volunteers to deliver the vaccines offered to patients aged 80 and older, and nursing home workers as of today.
The health service guidelines suggest that certain sites should also have mobile teams that go to nursing homes and give the vaccine to older residents.
This likely involves at least four visits to each home to give residents the two doses required for the push to be effective.
To minimize the risk of transmission, those entering nursing homes should consider getting tested first.
The guidelines state: “Basically, providers should try to minimize the number of unnecessary visits to nursing homes in order to reduce the potential risk for residents. A schedule of at least four visits is recommended. & # 39;
However, some nursing homes have pledged to defy the government's promise that families can hug elderly relatives in nursing homes for Christmas.
The bosses cited fears that new rapid Covid tests that could quickly test visitors were not accurate enough.
The historic vaccination program began last Tuesday when 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first of thousands to receive the sting at a hospital center in Coventry.
The final phase of the rollout is coordinated by general practitioners under the direction of general practitioners. More practices and pharmacies are expected to be added.
Dr. Nikki Kanani, family doctor and NHS director of primary care, said, “General practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and other primary care workers are eager to do their part to protect people.
& # 39; This is the largest vaccination program ever run by the NHS. We will work with local communities to deliver it in practical and familiar environments.
"I am proud to be part of this great national effort to protect patients from the virus."
Cheer! The students write letters to nurture older people
It was smiles all around when a nursing home received 48 handwritten letters from a local school.
Children aged eight and nine have cheered 39 Hillcrest residents in Norwich with jokes, pictures and festive messages.
Oliver Price, eight, said, “It was nice writing to you because I thought you might be feeling lonely. I just wanted to cheer her up. & # 39; Alfie Black, nine, wrote, “Why was the broom late for work? He was overwhelming. & # 39;
The delighted Audrey Harris of Hillcrest, 88, said: "The letters were beautiful and it was great to see the house with so many festive pictures!"
Sybil Bissett, 93, a resident of the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Norwich, Norfolk, reads a letter from a student
Charles Darwin Primary School students write letters to residents of the nursing home
Jo Brown, director of Charles Darwin Primary School added, "The kids absolutely loved it and the residents of the nursing home loved it."
While the school plans to keep in touch with Hillcrest, the goodwill in the rest of the country may not be here to stay.
According to a survey commissioned by John Lewis and Waitrose, two-thirds of us believe the kindness shown this year will last less than six months after the pandemic ends.