High street chains Tesco and Boots have offered to help roll out Covid-19 vaccines.
Tesco is believed to have offered its sales arm to help launch the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine while Boots is opening three vaccine sites for Covid-19 in Halifax, Huddersfield and Gloucester.
Food giant Best Food Logistics subsidiary, specialist in food delivery and supply chain, has offered their assistance, including using their refrigerated trucks and warehouses to transport the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine that can be refrigerated.
Covid-19 restrictions that have closed many pubs and restaurants may have opened up capacity that could be diverted to the vaccination program.
Boots, the chemist on Main Street, said his three vaccination sites, which were set up with local clinical contract groups, are slated to open to patients this month, and more may be on the way.
A spokesman told the PA news agency: “Boots has extensive knowledge and experience of mass vaccination (after having had over a million flu vaccinations last year, for example), and we have developed a model for Covid-19 vaccination based on Our exceptional safety is matched to clinical and operational standards.
“We are ready to do a lot more and our national network of pharmacy expertise is ready to help the NHS and the government accelerate the vaccine adoption.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One that there will be 530,000 doses of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine at approximately 540 GP vaccine sites and approximately 101 hospital sites on Monday, “in addition to the millions that have already been vaccinated”.
“There are still a few million Pfizer (vaccines) to be used,” he added. “We’ll roll it out asap.”
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which requires cold storage at around minus 70 ° C, was the first vaccine approved in the UK.
Grandmother Margaret Keenan, 90, who became the first person in the world to be vaccinated outside of a clinical trial on December 8th, has now received her second sting.
Pfizer describes itself as one of the largest sterile injection solution manufacturers in the world with a large infrastructure, including good inventory levels and relationships with suppliers.
Regarding its deliveries and inventory in the UK, a Pfizer spokesman told PA News: “Deliveries are on schedule and on our agreed schedule.
“Pfizer has secured storage and delivery commitments in quantities sufficient to meet our production plans for 2021.”
It did so after the UK chief medical officers warned on Thursday that vaccine shortages are a “reality one cannot wish for”.
The rollout of the Pfizer / BioNTech jab began almost a month ago, but second doses of both vaccines will now be given in 12 weeks instead of the 21 days originally planned.
More than a million people have received their first coronavirus vaccination, but in a joint statement, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and his colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said the public would “understand” and “thank” them for the plan’s first thrusts as a priority to delay re-vaccination for others.
Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford who helped develop the Oxford / AstraZeneca stab, has suggested that successive governments had left the nation in order not to manufacture the vaccine at the pace required in a pandemic was.
A government spokesman said: “The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery schedule and the vaccine will be rolled out and quality checked as soon as possible. Over a million people have already been vaccinated across the UK.
“We have long recognized the importance of vaccine manufacturing after announcing an innovation center in 2018 and investing £ 93 million earlier this year to speed up construction and set up a rapid deployment facility to keep production ahead of the center’s opening record. “