How the newly-approved Covid vaccine will be rolled out

The head of the health service in England has provided more detail on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

How the newly-approved Covid vaccine will be rolled out

The head of the NHS in England has said news of the approval of the first Covid-19 vaccine needs to be “tempered with realism”.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, set out more detail about the rollout of the newly-approved vaccine during a Downing Street press briefing.

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NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens during a media briefing (PA)

– Sir Simon said the first people to receive the jab from 50 hospital hubs next week would be the over-80s, care home staff and others identified by the JCVI who may already have a hospital appointment.

– As more vaccine becomes available, possibly in the new year, this will be extended out to the other risk groups.

– The vaccine will also then be rolled out to groups of GP practices operating local vaccination centres, with more GP-led clinics opening up as more vaccine becomes available.

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– When even more vaccine becomes available, the NHS will be able to “switch on” mass vaccination centres..

– The bulk of the programme for the at-risk population is likely to take place between January and April.

– Sir Simon stressed that the NHS would contact people when it was ready to vaccinate them.

– Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was hoped the vaccine would get into care homes “as soon as possible” but he said that the regulator – the MHRA – had “not yet authorised” the division of the trays of doses, implying that once the doses can be split into smaller groups, the vaccine can be distributed to care homes.

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