UK Coronavirus vaccine rollout to begin ‘in 10 days’
A COVID-19 vaccine could begin rollout across England in just 10 days, it is reported.
According to the Guardian, the NHS England expect to get stocks of vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech
on December 7, 8, or 9.
However, this timeframe will depend on whether the jab – which early results found to be 95 percent effective
against Covid-19 – is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
UK Coronavirus vaccine rollout soon, No date has yet been confirmed by NHS England for the deployment
of any jab as there are still multiple stages to complete before the green light can be given.
The Guardian report also adds that NHS officials believe that the vaccine will become unstable and ineffective
if it is moved more than four times.
Using it at hospitals first means it will have only been in transit twice from the Pfizer production plant
in Belgium to storage centers in Britain, and to hospitals where it can be administered.
One senior hospital executive told the Guardian: “We’ve been told to expect the vaccine on December 7
and plan to start vaccinating our staff all that week.
“However, it’s the Pfizer vaccine we’re getting, so it can’t be moved again once it gets to us and we then
have to use it within five days, as that’s its shelf life.
“The original plan was to do care homes first. But once the vaccine gets to us it can’t be used in the community,
so only NHS staff will be able to have it, at least initially.”
An executive at another hospital said to Guardian: “Officially the assumption is that the government will
follow the JCVI’s advice. But in practice, the NHS will vaccinate NHS staff with the Pfizer vaccine, and pretty
quickly, because of its short shelf life. So it will be NHS staff who get it first.”