NHS ready to roll out coronavirus vaccine next month if jab gets green light
A coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out from next month with the jabs being offered at five giant sites across the UK, it has been reported.
Leaked documents say the NHS is hopeful that two vaccines will be available before the end of the year with officials drawing up plans to ensure they are given to those at the top of the priority list.
Trainee nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics will be deployed to the vaccination sites so they can treat tens of thousands of people a day, it has been claimed.
According to the documents, major cities including Leeds, Hull and London have been earmarked as locations for the vaccination sites.
There will also be hundreds of mobile units scattered across the country and vaccination teams will visit care homes and vulnerable people.
The roll out of the new jab is expected to take between three to six months and GPs and pharmacists will also be asked to vaccinate millions of people.
A vaccine being developed by Oxford University is one the favoured jabs with the leaked papers, seen by the Sun Online, saying millions of doses have already been stockpiled.
However health chiefs face a logistical nightmare as patients will need two jabs which are 28 days apart.
A health source told the Sun the the first trial results for the jabs are in a month’s time – which could see them rolled out before Christmas.
He added that ‘there is hope’.
The leaked provisional plans has requested NHS teams to be ready later this month for a mass vaccination scheme to be rolled out.
But the timings have been pushed back as the jabs are yet to be ready or approved.
Health workers will be among the first to be vaccinated and officials are set to widen the priority list to include dieticians, chiropodists and vets.
The army will also be called in to help out with any national roll out.
The news comes as Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation, confirmed a coronavirus jab is on the horizon.
He said: “There is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.”
Earlier this week UK vaccine taskforce chief Kate Bingham suggested only half of the population would receive a successful jab.
But ministers distanced themselves from her comments with Health Secretary saying any decision on how many Brits will be given the jab will be made once a working vaccination is found.
Matt Hancock said the Government plans to follow the advice of the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI).
Its interim guidance said among the first to be treated will be care home residents and those working in the sector followed by the over 80s and NHS staff with younger pensioners and high-risk Brits coming after.
The JCVI said the “prioritisation could change substantially if the first available vaccines were not considered suitable for, or effective in, older adults”.
A Government spokesman told Mirror Online: “The Government will do everything needed to roll out a successful vaccine quickly and safely.
“An enormous amount of planning and preparation has already taken place including ensuring we have adequate provision, transport, PPE and logistical expertise.
“We are working closely with the NHS and we will use the military in the planning of logistics as necessary, as they have already gone to great lengths to successfully support our operational efforts.”
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