10 steps coronavirus vaccine needs to take to get from factory to inside your body

10 steps coronavirus vaccine needs to take to get from factory to inside your body

 

The world is watching as Britain rolls out the biggest mass immunisation programme in its history.

The UK is aiming to become the first country to immunise its entire population – but how will we achieve it?

Here, we show how the vaccine will get from the factory to inside your body…

Employees at Pfizer’s plant in the small town of Puurs, Belgium, are working around the clock to produce doses of the Covid-19 vaccine with 2,000 vials coming off the factory’s huge automated production line every minute.

The vaccine must be stored at around -70C so Pfizer has designed travel cases that hold 1,000 to 5,000 doses that keep the shots ultra cold for 10 days.

The vaccines are transported to the UK by lorry via the Channel Tunnel and plane.

When production is at its height, 24 trucks will be leave the factory every day.

GPS trackers and thermo sensors packed inside the boxes will relay back location and temperature information to ensure safe delivery.

The army could be drafted in to help.

Around 1,560 vaccination centres, run by GPs, are already prepared to receive the vials.

But it is thought the first batches will go to hospitals, which are best equipped to store and dispense the vaccines within the time limits.

It is not known when exactly the 50 hubs [ see list below ] – spread across the country from Newcastle to Truro – will receive doses as they are starting to administer the jab at different times, but deliveries are expected to arrive throughout the week.

Once the vials arrive at hospitals they will be stored in special ultra-low temperature freezers with room for up to five millions doses nationwide.

At the community-based vaccination centres, the vials can be kept in normal fridges for up to five days.

The first 800,000 doses will begin to be administered in hospitals, to frontline health staff, care-home workers and people over 80 who already have outpatient appointments.

Vaccination centres will then operate from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, each vaccinating at least 1,000 people over that period.

In the UK’s biggest immunisation plan since the polio vaccine was delivered in the mid 1950s, mass hubs will open, including town halls and football stadiums.

Mobile vaccination vans that visit care homes and prisons are planned.

More than 40,000 extra staff are being recruited while St John Ambulance is training 30,000 volunteers.

NHS staff and care-home workers will be contacted by their employer giving details of how they
can be vaccinated.

Eligible members of the public should wait to receive a letter or text message from the NHS.

Those who go for their first vaccine will be given a date to return for their second, three weeks later.

Maximum immunity should be received one week after their second dose.

They will also receive a credit card-sized Covid ID card proving they have received the two jabs, with the vaccine batch number and the date it was administered.

Those who have been vaccinated will be asked to take part in long-term monitoring for possible side effects.

People’s immunity levels will also be monitored – it is currently unclear whether the vaccines will need to be administered every year.

1 Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals

2 North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (Carlisle)

3 South Tees NHS Trust (Middlesbrough)

4 Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Preston

5 Blackpool Teaching Hospital

6 Hull University Teaching Hospital

7 Liverpool University Hospital

8 Wirral Hospital

9 Salford Royal

10 Stockport

11 Sheffield Teaching Hospital

12 Leeds Teaching Hospitals

13 Chesterfield Royal Hospital

14 Countess of Chester Hospital

15 Royal Stoke Hospital

16 Nottingham University

17 Sherwood Forest

18 Shrewsbury and Telford

19 University Hospital Derby Burton

20 Walsall Healthcare

21 University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

22 Northampton General Hospital

23 Lincoln County Hospital

24 East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

25 Milton Keynes University Hospital

26 North West Anglia, Peterborough

27 Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

28 Norfolk and Norwich

29 James Paget University Hospitals, Gt Yarmouth

30 East Suffolk & North Essex (Colchester Hospital)

31 Mid and South Essex

32 St George’s University

33 King’s College Hospital

34 Royal Free London

35 Guy’s & St Thomas’ London

36 Princess Royal University Hospital, Kent

37Croydon University Hospital

38 Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

39 William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

40 Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

41 Wexham Park Hospital, Slough

42 Oxford University Hospital

43 Great Western Hospital, Swindon

44 Gloucestershire Hospital

45 North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust North West Anglia

46 Portsmouth Hospitals

47 Dorset County Hospital

48 Yeovil District Hospital

49 University Hospital Plymouth

50 Royal Cornwall, Truro

1 Care-home residents (425,000) and their carers (up to 1.5 million)

2 All aged 80+ (3.3 million). Frontline health and social staff (1.5 million)

3 All aged 75+ and over (2.2 million)

4 All aged 70+ (3.3million) and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

5 All people aged 65 + (3.4 million)

6 All aged 16 to 64 with underlying serious health conditions

7 All aged 60+ (3.7million) 8 All aged 55+ (4.3 million)

9 All aged 50+ from mid-Jan (4.7 million)

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