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A priority list of who should get the vaccine first was drawn up earlier this year by the influential Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) GP surgeries could have their services cut back until the middle of 2021 so that doctors can imm

by Courtney Blanton (2021-01-08)


A priority list of who should get the vaccine first was drawn up earlier this year by the influential Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

GP surgeries could have their services cut back until the middle of 2021 so that doctors can immunise millions of people against Covid-19 in new clinics, NHS England has warned.

More than 1,200 GP surgeries are being geared up to dish out 1.2million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine every week as soon as health chiefs approve a jab, in a major army-backed operation to get life back to normal.

Matt Hancock has promised the health service will work around the clock to get the UK vaccinated, with practices open between 8am and 8pm every day of the week and on Bank Holidays.

screenshot128.pngHe admitted deploying the vaccine was going to be a 'colossal challenge' and revealed the military were on standby to help.

NHS bosses have told all of England's 1,250 GP networks to designate a single practice capable of administering at least 975 doses of the vaccine in their area each week — the equivalent of at least 1.22million nationwide.
Surgeries will need to have fridge space available by December 1, according to documents.

But concerns about the toll on patients are mounting after much of the normal healthcare provided by GP practices was suspended during the first wave of the pandemic.

Research by the Health Foundation found that 4.7 million fewer people in England were referred for a hip or knee replacement or cataract removal between January and August this year, either because the service was not operating or the patient in need did not want to go to hospital. 

In a letter to GPs setting out plans for services to 'contribute' to the vaccination programme, NHS chiefs accept that GP surgeries will not be able operate as usual while their doctors are engaged in the immunisation effort.

'Our shared ambition is for general practice to remain fully open and accessible to all patients,' wrote Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS England's medical director for primary care. 

'We also recognise that the additional workload of a Covid-19 vaccination programme may require practices to prioritise clinical activity.'

 Pharmacists and dedicated clinics set up in places such as sports halls are also likely to be used.

Patients will need to be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccination is administered and appointments can be managed through a national booking system, it was also revealed today. 

Number 10 has been urged 'not to screw up' the rollout of any coronavirus jab, in a stark warning from one of the government's most prominent scientists on the back of Pfizer's breakthrough. 

Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of Downing St's vaccine taskforce, said scientists had delivered their end of the bargain by creating a Covid-19 vaccine that exceeded expectations — early data on Pfizer's jab showed it can prevent nine in 10 people from catching the virus.

But he warned it was now on ministers to hold up their end of the deal by ensuring any approved vaccine is rolled out smoothly to vulnerable groups who are most at risk of falling victim to Covid-19.

Care home staff and residents are at the front of the queue. 

Pfizer's jab — considered the front-runner alongside Oxford's experimental jab — has to be stored at -70C which rules out keeping it at most GP surgeries or pharmacies.
And it needs to be transported in refrigerated lorries and special suitcase-sized boxes filled with dry ice to prevent it from spoiling.  

The Government's track record in handling logistical issues through the pandemic will not instill confidence that the mass-rollout of the new vaccine will run without any hiccups.

For example, the centralised testing programme has been hit by a catalogue of failures since the pandemic began and the contact tracing mobile app was delayed by four months. 

One senior Tory warned that the government faces catastrophic public backlash if it makes a mess of the vaccine rollout.
Here's more information regarding OUT OF WILDLIFE. review our web page. 'If we get this wrong, we're toast,' they told MailOnline. The MP said the Prime Minister should hand the reins to a senior military figure, who should also be the public face of the distribution effort.

They said: 'If we hadn't had the military involved someone would still be drawing up outline planning for the Nightingale hospitals.

They can set up wards in theatres of war. The military are trusted. They have no axe to grind and they have authority. They are impartial servants of Crown and country.' 

Sir John told MPs today he expects Brits to get their hands on up to three jabs 'before New Year' when data from studies of other promising candidates start to pour in over the coming weeks. 

MailOnline understands Oxford University's vaccine, which is being manufactured and distributed by Cambridge-based pharma giant AstraZeneca, will publish its preliminary results next week, which will kick-start the rollout process of its candidate. 

The third vaccine most likely to be ready by the year's end is being made by by US firm Moderna.

The MHRA last month put it under a rolling review, which signals it is being earmarked as one of the most promising candidates. 

In more good news Sir John claimed there was an '80 per cent chance' life in the UK will be back to normal by spring, provided the Government 'doesn't screw up the distribution of the vaccines'. 

In other coronavirus developments today:  

  • Experts warned a Covid vaccine won't immediately bring the pandemic to an end and scientists and officials must be honest about how long it will take to roll one out and get life back to normal;
  • Dedicated GP vaccination clinics are planned to be set up to deliver at least 975 doses a week, according to NHS England documents, should a vaccine be approved for use in the UK;
  • The Welsh Government says it could start offering a Covid-19 vaccine to those in high risk groups as early as December should a jab pass final safety checks this month; 
  • Donald Trump accused the US Food and Drug Administration of deliberately delaying work on a coronavirus vaccination in order to thwart his re-election hopes;
  • Brazil suspended clinical trials of a Chinese-developed Covid-19 vaccine after an 'adverse incident' involving a volunteer recipient;
  • Redundancies hit a new record in the last quarter as unemployment spiked to its highest level in four years amid the coronavirus crisis;
  • Mass Covid testing will be rolled out to university students so they can go home for Christmas, it was claimed;
  • Traffic levels in London and elsewhere around the country are on the rise despite England's second lockdown, figures revealed.

Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of Number 10's vaccine taskforce, said he expects Brits to get their hands on up to three jabs - including shots made by Pfizer and Oxford University - 'before New Year'.

Mr Hancock said he had asked the NHS to 'be ready from the start of December' for the deployment of Pfizer's jab

The preliminary findings were better than researchers anticipated and, if confirmed to be true, would make the vaccine far more effective than jabs for flu, TB and HPV

Boris Johnson, pictured leaving Downing Street this morning, promised the UK will be at the 'front of the pack' for the new coronavirus vaccine after the massive breakthrough

Hopes of an end to the months of Covid-enforced disruption were raised yesterday when the New York based medical firm Pfizer (pictured) announced their vaccine revealed its jab is 90 per cent effective