FIFTY NHS hospitals first in line to roll out Covid vaccine revealed
COVID jabs are to be given out in ten more NHS hospitals from Devon to Birmingham and Lancashire.
Tens of thousands of people will be vaccinated this week following the first in the world jab in Coventry on Tuesday.
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Already 53 NHS hospitals are standing by to roll out the Pfizer jab after the historic day.
Ten others are now fully ready and prepared to deliver the vaccine, including hospitals in Leicester and Kent, where infection rates have been high
Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother, became the first to receive the jab, following its clinical approval.
Health chiefs have welcomed the hugely positive response from the public to protecting themselves, friends and families against coronavirus.
The ten new hospitals joining the roll out
1.NHS Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
2.University Hospitals Birmingham, Leicester University Hospitals Trust
3.Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals
4.Manchester Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals
5.Medway NHS Foundation Trust
6.Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
7.Royal Devon & Exeter
8.East Lancashire Hospitals
9.Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals
10. Leicester University Hospitals Trust
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, hailed the "the excitement and significance of the first jab" which was a "turning point for the country".
But he said "it is extremely important and encouraging that more hospitals in every region of England are joining the mass mobilisation of the NHS to get people vaccinated".
The vaccine needs to be stored at -70C temperatures, far colder than typical jabs which only need to be kept at fridge temperatures of around 4C.
A total of 53 NHS trusts in England, some which cover a number of hospitals, are equipped with super-cold freezers that can store the jabs.
They will act as "hubs" which will offer the jabs to people in their area in order of priority, as well as co-ordinating distribution.
The Midlands has the most hospital hubs that will receive the vaccine, at 13. Countess of Chester Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Walsall Healthcare are among those.
Eight hospitals in the North West are preparing to dish out the vaccine, one being Liverpool Royal Hospital.
Eight hospitals are in each of the South East and South West, and seven each in the East of England and London.
One hospital is in the Yorkshire region – United Lincolnshire Hospitals – and one is in the North East – The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals.
Northern regions of England have been the hardest hit by the virus, with high R rates forcing huge areas into severe restrictions for months.
But there have been concerns for soaring infection rates in the South of England, while cases are declining faster in the North.
The hospitals that will receive the vaccine first
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals: North West
- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals: South East
- Cambridge University Hospitals: East England
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital: Midlands
- Countess of Chester Hospital: Midlands
- Croydon University Hospital: London
- Dartford and Gravesham Hospitals: South East
- Dorset County Hospitals: South West
- East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals: East England
- East Kent Hospitals: South East
- East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals: East England
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: South East
- Gloucestershire Hospitals: South West
- Great Western Hospitals: South West
- Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust: London
- James Paget University Hospitals: East England
- Kings College Hospital: London
- Princess Royal University Hospital, Kings: London
- Lancashire Teaching Hospital: North West
- Leeds Teaching Hospital: North West
- Leicester Partnership NHS Trust: East Midlands
- Liverpool University Hospitals: North West
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust: South East
- Mid and South Essex Hospitals: East England
- Milton Keynes University Hospital : South East
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital: East England
- Northampton General Hospital: East Midlands
- North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust: South West
- North West Anglia Foundation Trust: East Midlands
- Nottingham University Hospitals: Midlands
- Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: South East
- Portsmouth Hospital University: South West
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals: South West
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust: London
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust: North West
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals: North West
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals: Midlands
- Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust: West Midlands
- Stockport NHS Foundation Trust: North West
- St George's University Hospitals: London
- The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals: North East
- University College Hospitals: London
- University Hospitals Birmingham: Midlands
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire: West Midlands
- University Hospitals Derby Burton: Midlands
- University Hospitals of North Midlands
- University Hospitals Plymouth: South West
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals: Yorkshire
- Walsall Healthcare: Midlands
- West Hertfordshire Hospitals: South East
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital: North West
- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals: West Midlands
- Yeovil District Hospital: South West
A number of the hospitals with the capacity to store the vaccines currently have the most Covid-19 patients.
These include Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, University Hospitals Birmingham and Leeds Teaching Hospital.
Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the NHS will contact people who can get their jab when it is ready.
But it would take until March or April for the entire at-risk population to be vaccinated.
Sir Simon gave details of the phasing in roll-out at the Downing Street briefing this evening:
- "Around 50 hospital hubs" will start offering vaccines to over 80s and care home staff, who are at the top of the priority list published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) today. Typically they might be people already coming into the hospital for appointment, and will be contacted by the NHS beforehand.
- That will be followed in subsequent weeks by GP practices, growing to over 1,000 across England. GPs will get in touch with at-risk patients offering them to come in and get their jab.
- If the MHRA give approval for a safe way of splitting the 1,000 doses, which is expected, distribution to care homes can start.
- Pharmacies will probably start giving the jabs out from January.
- As more vaccines become available, the programme will be expanded to large vaccine centres such as conference centres and sports venues. Nightingale hospitals are earmarked to helps with this.
WHO IS FIRST IN LINE?
It was announced the jab – which is 95 per cent effective – has been backed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) this morning.
Hours after the news Pfizer's jab was safe to be rolled out, experts confirmed who will get the first doses.
It's based on who most needs the vaccination due to their risk of death or spreading the virus.
Care home residents, their carers and the over 80s will be front of the queue to get the first doses.
The jab will then be rolled out by age, with those over 80 years old first ine line, and also to those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable, including people with obesity.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, of the JCVI, told the No 10 briefing this morning he hoped that in the first phase of the vaccine programme 99% of the most clinically vulnerable would be covered.
Covid Vaccine: Who, When and How?
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, today said the following about the new Covid vaccine:
Who? "The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have clearly recommended NHS should make sure those first offered are those at highest risk. In practice, that means starting with the over 80s, as well as people in care homes as well as staff looking after them.
When? "In the new year, we will be extending that to many more people across the country. Although we are the first health service in the world to get vaccinating supplies from the manufacturer are phased.
"The bulk of this vaccination program will take place in the period January through to March or April for the at risk members of the population. Since you need two jabs… typically 21 days apart… that means we’ve got to reserve the second dose for those getting the first dose in December."
How? The NHS chief said the vaccine "is logistically complicated".
He said: "We have to move it around the country in a carefully controlled way. It also comes in packs of 975 people’s doses. You can't at this point just distribute it to every individual GP or pharmacy. Next week 50 hospital hubs across England will start offering the vaccine to over 80s, carehome staff and those identified by GVI.
"The hospital will get in touch with you, you don’t need to do anything yourself."
He added that the NHS intends for vaccination centres to rollout the jab as more become available in the months to come.
He added: “This is the start of a programme and not the end of a programme."
NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens has said the service is “ten out of ten” ready to roll out the “biggest vaccination campaign in our history”.
A WORLD FIRST
The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply, and has beaten the EU and US.
In late November, it was announced that the drug was set to get the green light for use.
Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla described the MHRA announcement as an “historic moment”.
BioNTech co-founder Ugur Sahin said on NBC news: “It's a historic day. It's indeed the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
Ministers are also primed to launch a nationwide campaign across TV and radio highlighting the benefits of vaccination as early as next week.
Health bosses are gambling the Oxford-developed AstraZeneca jab, which can be stored in a normal fridge, will be approved in a matter of days.
Officials expect it will form the backbone of mass community immunisation, with 19million doses available by the end of the year.
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