Hospitals could expect the new coronavirus vaccine “within a few days,” according to sources.
NHS staff will be one of the first to receive the vaccine as the government prepares to protect the front lines and older and vulnerable adults.
The Pfizer and BioTech vaccine worked hard to make a vaccine and is said to be 95 percent effective at stopping it.
However, the date of the vaccine’s release largely depends on whether the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) approves it.
An NHS source confirmed to Spiegel: “We expect it within the next two weeks. You have determined how much is coming and where.
“They are currently working on how to get it to the staff within 5 days.”
Initially, only NHS staff will receive the vaccine, while nursing home residents and those over 80 will have to wait for the time being.
The move has sparked anger among care sector bosses as nursing home residents and those over 80 have been identified by the government as a top priority for the sting.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said in September that priority should be given to the elderly in nursing homes and staff.
People over the age of 80 and those who work in health and social care should come second on the list.
However, the nature of the vaccine has led to a rethink of who should get it first.
NHS officials believe it should only be postponed up to four times or it could become ineffective. Hence, it cannot be easily taken to places such as nursing homes by general practitioners.
By the time it gets to hospitals in the UK, it will have been relocated twice, from Pfizer’s manufacturing facility in Belgium to storage in the UK and hospitals.
According to reports, NHS trusts have urged NHS staff to get flu vaccines as soon as possible as there must be a few weeks between when it occurs and the coronavirus bite.
People in nursing homes and people over 80 are likely to receive the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine. It was referred to the MHRA last Friday