By Simdi Gloria:-
Hospitals across the UK have now been told to prepare to roll out a Covid-19 vaccination within ten days, according to the Evening Standard report.
It also stated that Hospitals could receive the first doses of the vaccine created by Pfizer/BioNTech the week after next.
The time frame is dependent on whether the vaccine – which early results found to be 95 per cent effective against Covid-19 – is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
It is also reported that the Pfizer vaccine will be given to NHS staff first due to its short shelf life and the logistical difficulties involved in its transportation.
The vaccine must be stored at -70C until the day it is used – a temperature far beyond the reach of standard hospital refrigerators.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has placed older care home residents at the front of the queue followed by health and social care workers, who are on equal footing with the over-80s when it comes to the administering of the shot.
People aged 18 or older who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will now be considered the same priority as those aged 70 and over, including those with conditions such as blood, bone, or lung cancer, chronic kidney disease, and Down’s Syndrome.
The JCVI’s guidance also states the final decision on how health and social care workers would be prioritised would depend on the vaccine’s characteristics.
40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been ordered by the UK and it expects 10 million doses by the end of the year.
Also, 100 million doses of a vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which does not need to be kept at such low temperatures have also been ordered.
The Oxford jab has also been sent to the MHRA for approval.
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