The introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine will be the largest immunization program in the country’s history, the NHS boss said before the first one this week.
Vaccinations from Tuesday will be carried out in dozens of hospital centers – people aged 80 and over, nursing home workers and NHS workers at higher risk will be the first to receive a jaw.
There is still no guaranteed date for the residents of the care home to be vaccinated, despite being at the top of the list of priorities, Health Secretary Matt Henkock said “major challenges” need to be overcome.
Logistical issues mean that it is difficult to get into the drives, as the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine must be stored at minus 70 ° C before thawing and can only be moved four times in this cold chain before use.
Pictures from the English Public Health (PHE) taken in a safe place show the ranked specialist vaccine freezer Covid-19.
The inside image of one of the freezers shows the stacks of trays that will hold doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
PHE announced that it has provided 58 specialized Twin Guard ultra-low temperature freezers that provide adequate storage for approximately five million potential doses of Covid-19 vaccines requiring ultra-low temperature storage.
Each refrigerator contains approximately 86,000 servings.
Vaccines are distributed throughout the UK by the Public Health of England and the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, using systems specifically tailored to those used in national immunization programs.
NHS England said NHS staff worked over the weekend to prepare for the launch of the program.
In England, the first wave has 50 nodes, and as the program approaches, more hospitals will begin vaccinating in the coming weeks and months.
Professor Stephen Paisis, NHS’s national medical director, said: “Despite the enormous complexity, hospitals are starting the first phase of the largest vaccination campaign in our country’s history on Tuesday.
“The first stage of vaccine delivery will be ready for hospitals by Monday.
“The NHS is confident of implementing large-scale vaccination programs – from influenza, HPV vaccines and life-saving MMRs – to diligent staff once again challenged to protect the most vulnerable from this terrible disease.”
Henkock said: “We are doing our best to overcome significant problems as soon as possible in order to vaccinate the residents of the care home.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Henkock said he “can’t wait” to destroy the three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions and for the country to “return to mutual respect and personal responsibility, not the law.
Asked if the vaccine could be lifted earlier this week in the first three months of 2021, he replied, “Yes, it will.”
Henkock, who reportedly calls Tuesday the “V-day”, told the newspaper: “There is no doubt that the timely administration of the vaccine … will prolong the moment we can get rid of these explosion restrictions, but until then we will follow them. “
Responding to a question about the news that the Queen (94) and the Duke of Edinburgh (99) would have a fuss in a few weeks and make it public, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “Medical decisions are personal and we will not comment on that.”
Elsewhere, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmers has isolated himself after a positive coronavirus test in his private office.
He said he had no symptoms but would work from home.
Meanwhile, a survey shows that most British companies do not trust the government to manage a coronavirus pandemic.
The survey found that 57% of people said they did not trust the UK government to control the spread of Covid-19 – for the first time since April, mistrust has become the majority view in the country, according to a series of studies.
The opinion is based on a study by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori, which involved 2,244 interviews with British people aged 16 to 75 and took place online between 20 and 24 November.
A government spokeswoman said the government had “worked day and night to fight the coronavirus, taking the right steps at the right time to develop a strategy to protect our NHS and save lives and livelihoods”.
In the United Kingdom on Saturday, the Covid-19 test was positive, with a further 397 deaths in 28 days and a further 15,539 deaths.