The mass rollout of the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine begins today in primary care practices in England.
The vaccines are being shipped to sites across the country after the government announced it would deliver more than 13 million strokes to people in the top four priority groups by mid-February.
The first community vaccinations in England with the Oxford / AstraZeneca shock are due to take place in general practitioners’ offices today, Thursday 7th January.
It is hoped that around 1,000 locations will be delivering vaccines by the end of the week.
For more information on where vaccines will be available, see the government website here.
This vaccine is easy to administer because, unlike the Pfizer shock, which must be stored at minus 70 ° C, it can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures.
In addition, seven mass vaccination centers will open next week in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Stevenage.
The UK reported yesterday that an additional 1,041 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday – the highest daily total reported since April 21.
There are currently record numbers with coronavirus in the hospital. Another 3,500 were recorded in England on Monday 4th January.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that there was now a race between the spread of the virus and the delivery of vaccines to the most vulnerable.
The House of Commons voted with a 508 majority in favor of the Prime Minister’s new lockdown measures, which could be in place by the end of March.
“After last year’s marathon, we are actually in a sprint, a race to vaccinate the vulnerable faster than the virus can reach them,” the Prime Minister told MPs.
“Every needle in every arm makes a difference.”
Hopefully by the end of the week there will be more than 700 locations delivering vaccines.
Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi has accepted that the goal of vaccinating around 14 million people in the top priority groups by February 15 was “stretching”.
This includes the elderly, people with clinical needs, residents and nursing home workers, and frontline NHS workers.
Around 1.3 million people have already received the Pfizer / BioNTech or Oxford / AstraZeneca push.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the approval period for Covid vaccine batches will be reduced from 20 days to just four to increase the speed of vaccinations.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA), the body responsible for controls, is also expected to add staff to accelerate the program, the paper said.
Ministers have already decided to give the first shot to as many priority patients as possible by delaying a second shot.
This step was queried by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The second burst is given up to 12 weeks later to prevent power from being withheld.
In the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine, people received a follow-up shot 21 days after the first one.
However, in the Oxford University vaccine study, the schedule for a second vaccine was much more varied, with many not receiving a second vaccine for several weeks.
The result came when government data confirmed that the Covid death toll had once again reached levels not seen since the peak of the first wave in 2020.
However, the statistics continue to be affected by a delay in the release of the latest data and include some deaths that have just been reported over the Christmas and New Years period.
Of the 1,041 new deaths, around a third occurred before January 1, while around 100 occurred in the seven days leading up to Christmas Day.
After the latest mortality figures were released, union leader Sir Keir Starmer said ministers should bear some of the blame.
“This is a tragedy. It’s not bad luck. It wasn’t inevitable, ”he tweeted.
“The government was too slow to react. We now need national efforts to get our country vaccinated. “