Hospitals have been told to prepare for the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine in England in just10 days.
Staff within the NHS will be the first to get the injection.
The vaccine, produced by Pfizer/BioNTech might be delivered to medical facilities as quickly as Monday, December 7, reports the Mirror
This precise date depends upon the Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Firm (MHRA) approving it in time.
An NHS source informed the Mirror: “We are expecting it within the next 2 weeks, they have recognized how much is coming and where to.
” They’re currently working out how to get it to the personnel within 5 days.”
Care home citizens and those aged 80 and older will have to wait, news which has actually angered care sector chiefs as care house homeowners and over-80 s were previously determined by the government as the top priority.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said in September that the older people in care homes and staff should be prioritised.
However as the vaccine can just be taken out of minus 70 C 4 times in between leaving the factory where it is made in Belgium and being injected into a patient’s arm, it’s thought that NHS staff are the natural choice for first in line.
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab with the expectation of 10 million dosages by the end of the year.
There are also 100 million doses of a vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University on order, where low temperatures are not needed.
The Oxford vaccine is also presently with the MHRA for approval.