The UK’s National Health Service staff will be working throughout the weekend to prepare for the launch of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, with the first inoculations on Tuesday.
In the first wave, there are 50 hubs, and more hospitals will start vaccinating in the coming weeks when the program ramps up.
Health officials said that patients aged 80 and over, who are already being hospitalized as outpatients, and those who are being discharged to another hospital.
Hospitals will also begin inviting 80-year-olds to work with care home providers to book their staff at vaccination clinics.
Any appointments that are not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at the highest risk of serious illness from the virus. All those vaccinated need a booster repel 21 days later.
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“Next week will be a historic moment when we will begin vaccination against COVID-19,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
“We prioritize the most vulnerable first, and over 80s, care home staff and NHS colleagues will all be among the first to receive the vaccines.
“I urge everyone to help the virus suppress and follow the local restrictions to protect the NHS while they perform this critical work.”
GPIs and other primary care staff are being put on standby to begin delivering the job during the week beginning December 14, with more practices expected to connect on a phased basis in the coming weeks.
Vaccination centers treating large numbers of patients at sporting venues and conference centers will subsequently participate when further supplies of vaccination arrive on stream, officials said.
“Despite the enormous complexities, hospitals will mark the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in the history of our country from Tuesday,”
Professor Stephen Pavis, NHS National Medical Director.
The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will land in hospitals until Monday in readiness.
“The NHS has a strong record of delivering great vaccination programs … Heavy work staff will again raise the challenge to protect the most vulnerable people from the terrible disease.”