'Most unsafe time' of the pandemic, says Prof Whitty

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2021

The vaccination centre will be staffed by clinicians and a range of qualified volunteers.

According to the Government's UK Covid-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan, millions of people will be immunised by the spring at more than 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.

The warnings come as Mr Hancock is due to set out the Government's vaccines delivery plan - hailing it as the "keystone of our exit out of the pandemic".

And for those outside of this catchment, in highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.

Those in the four highest-risk levels - which includes people over 70, clinically vulnerable people and frontline health workers - would be offered vaccines by February 15, he said.

People who are 80-years-old and above, who live up to 45 minutes away from Newcastle will receive a letter explaining that they can book a slot to have the vaccine at the Centre for Life.

The drastic expansion of the vaccination programme means all adults will be offered a vaccine by the autumn, the DHSC say.

The UK Government is opening seven big vaccination centres but additional doctors' surgeries, hospitals and some pharmacies will also start delivering shots.

All offers of support have been recorded and individuals will be contacted when they're needed.

Our UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan maps our route back to normality, but it does not mean we can be complacent and it is mission critical that everybody abides by the restrictions in the coming weeks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a visit to a vaccination center on Monday that the country was "in a race against time" to roll out vaccines. With these groups accounting for 88% of COVID-19 fatalities, the move will prevent thousands of deaths once their immunity develops in 14 days. The JCVI will consider all available evidence for phase 2 recommendations of the vaccination programme.

He added: "From today, the full scale of our plans will be published, so the public can be assured of the time, effort and resources that have gone and will go into ensuring we protect the British people from the scourge of this virus".

And more than 200,000 community volunteers have said that they will help with non-clinical aspects of the programme.

The centre will be run by the NHS in Greater Manchester as part of the region's Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Through the Vaccines Taskforce, the United Kingdom has secured early access to 367 million doses of 7 of the most promising vaccines so far.

I'm sure, for the vast majority of people, they would prefer to have their vaccine during the day. "We'll do whatever it takes to get this vaccine rolled out as fast as possible".

"Anybody who is not shocked by the number of people in hospital who are seriously ill at the moment and who are dying over the course of this pandemic, I think, has not understood this at all".

More than 370,000 people in England have received two doses of a Covid vaccine, according to NHS data, despite ministers and scientists previously saying that first doses were going to be prioritised.

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