According to Covid-19’s official vaccine delivery schedule, England will have 50 new vaccination centers by the end of the month.
The 47-page document was released today. The new centers will be located in football stadiums, conference centers and similar venues – and there will be a national booking system.
The government is also aiming to immunize 2 million people a week. The mirror reports.
Seven of the centers are currently open in Bristol, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Surrey, Newcastle and Stevenage.
The locations of the other 43 mass centers have not yet been announced, nor are there any specific dates as to when they will be set up.
There will also be 206 hospital centers and 1,200 local vaccination centers, including general practitioners and some – but not all – pharmacies in the community.
Today’s plan is to have “at least” 2 million people a week given a vaccine dose by January 31st.
It also promises that every adult in the UK “can be vaccinated” by autumn.
While there is no exact date, this goes further than Matt Hancock, who said yesterday that they would be “offered” a vaccine by then.
People in the four top priority groups – over-70s, Shielders, NHS and caregivers, and elderly care home residents and their carers – were promised an initial dose by February 15.
The plan says that there are 15 million people in the UK in the first four priority groups.
There are 17 million in the next five priority groups, including those over 50, and then 21 million adults in the rest of the UK population who will be in the “second phase”.
There are a total of 53 million adults in the UK who are offered a vaccine.
Today’s plan for teachers doesn’t include a particular priority, but reports suggest they could be high on the “second phase” list.
The plan lacks certain dates, but NHS chief Simon Stevens said all top priority groups – including those over the age of 50 – should be offered a first dose in a “sprint” by “late spring”.
Healthy adults under 50 would follow “on the balance sheet of the year” in a “marathon,” he told MPs.
People are not offered the second dose until about 12 weeks after their first dose following a change in government policy, which completes the protection of the vaccine.
There are questions about how easy it will be for people to travel to the mass vaccination centers.
Hundreds of thousands of retirees have been asked to drive up to 90 minutes round-trip to get the Covid-19 vaccine, including in seven new “super centers”.
Within a 45-minute drive from the newly opened mass vaccination centers, around 600,000 letters have been sent to people suggesting they are traveling to get the sting.
This despite a commitment to ensure that everyone is within 10 miles of a vaccination center.
The prime minister’s spokesman confirmed the letters had been sent – and said people could opt for an appointment in the local area but might have to wait.
Today’s plan is that currently 96% of the people in England are within 10 miles of a vaccination center. This will apply to everyone by the end of January – but there will be a “mobile” vaccination service for some people.
Downing Street also turned down the request for a 24-hour vaccination program, saying, “There’s no noise for late-night appointments.”
The Prime Minister’s spokesman, Allegra Stratton, did not rule out the possibility of vaccinations being given around the clock in the future, should the situation change.
Read the vaccine delivery schedule in full Here.