Coronavirus vaccinations are said to be stepped up when mass injection centers are open. However, the public was asked to adhere to lockdown rules to prevent avoidable deaths.
All four nations of the UK are facing dire warnings as high levels of infection and hospitals grapple under the strain.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that “any flexibility can be fatal” with the current measures.
His words followed those of UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, who said the only way to prevent preventable deaths is to stay home wherever possible as the NHS faces the “most dangerous situation” in living memory.
Coronavirus cases in Wales were “of serious concern,” a public health director said Sunday, while Scottish Deputy First Minister John Swinney said her nation was facing “a very alarming situation” with the virus.
Northern Ireland’s health chiefs said the number of Covid-19 patients will double by the third week of January. A chief of trust explained how “our hospitals are falling into an abyss”.
The warnings come as Mr. Hancock is about to set up the government’s vaccine delivery schedule – calling it “the cornerstone of our exit from the pandemic.”
According to the Welsh government, a vaccine deployment strategy is also to be established in Wales, setting “a series of milestones” for when people will be offered a sting.
Around two million people across the UK have now received their first dose of vaccine. The exact number will be announced later on Monday.
The government aims to vaccinate nearly 14 million vulnerable people by mid-February.
Mr Hancock said they are on track to achieve the goal. Over 200,000 people are vaccinated every day in England, a third of those over 80 are already stung and all adults are expected to be offered an injection by the fall.
Thousands more people are expected to receive a vaccine soon. Seven mass vaccination sites will open across England on Monday.
The new centers – including a football stadium and tennis club – will be joined by hundreds of other GP and hospital services later this week, as well as the first pharmacy-run pilot locations, which will number around 1,200, according to NHS England.
The locations – Ashton Gate in Bristol, Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, the Excel Center, which is home to London’s Nightingale Hospital, the Newcastle Center for Life, the Manchester Tennis and Football Center, the Robertson House at Stevenage and Millennium Point in Birmingham – cater to people ages 80 and above, along with health and care workers.
Mr. Hancock, who is due to visit one of the locations, will present the vaccine delivery schedule at a press conference on Monday afternoon on Downing Street.
The Minister of Health said the NHS had made “fantastic progress” with the rollout.
He added: “Starting today, the full scope of our plans will be made public so the public can be assured that the time, effort and resources have been devoted to ensuring that we are protecting the British people from the scourge of this virus. ”
Nadhim Zahawi, the minister responsible for vaccine use, said the plan would “set out our ambitions for the weeks and months ahead as we build our program at breakneck speed and develop strategies to underpin each commitment”.
In Scotland, the Oxford / AstraZeneca Jab will be available in more than 1,000 locations from Monday.
The number of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 has reached a record high in England, while the official coronavirus death toll in the UK exceeded 81,000 over the weekend and laboratory-confirmed cases topped three million.
Separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities for deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths that have occurred in the past few days, show that there are now 97,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK 19 gave.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that the current lockdown rules “may not be tough enough”.
Professor Peter Horby, Chair of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), described the current situation as “in the eye of a storm” adding that the measures in place will not work if there are signs that “we must.” be even stricter ”.
Coronavirus tests will also take place across England this week. Asymptomatic individuals unable to work from home must prioritize rapid turnaround testing, which is made available to each local authority as part of the community testing program.
The urge to vaccinate the UK against Covid-19 hits a new level on Monday as multiple mass injection centers open in all four countries warning of high infection rates and difficult hospital systems.
In what some commentators call the arrival of the cavalry in the fight against the coronavirus, here you see the new developments in the field of vaccination.
– What’s new?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will today set out the government’s new plan for vaccine delivery, which she describes as “the cornerstone of our exit from the pandemic.”
A rollout strategy is also detailed in Wales. In Scotland, the Oxford / AstraZeneca Jab will be available in more than 1,000 locations from Monday. The vaccines Pfizer / BioNTech and Oxford / AstraZeneca are already sold in Northern Ireland.
– What vaccines have been approved in the UK?
While hundreds of vaccines are being developed around the world, three have been approved for the UK. First came the Pfizer / NioNTech push, then the Oxford / AstraZeneca, and last week the third, manufactured by the US company Moderna.
In total, the UK has ordered around 370 million doses of vaccine.
– What is the difference?
The Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna treatments are called RNA vaccines (for ribonucleic acid). They inject part of the genetic code of the Covid-19 coronavirus directly into people’s cells – enclosed in tiny droplets of fat to protect it – to get the body’s immune system to learn and respond to the virus. Simply put, it starts to form part of the virus in the body, the immune system then learns to identify the virus and then goes into action to defeat it and stop Covid-19 from developing.
The problem is that RNA vaccines need to be stored at extremely low temperatures – Pfizer at minus 70 ° C and Moderna at minus 20 ° C – and often require very careful supply chains with high-tech freezers and dry ice.
The Oxford / AstraZeneca Jab developed in the UK is a viral vector vaccine. These will allow scientists to add the genetic RNA code of the Covid-19 coronavirus to the genetic material of another virus – a viral vector – which will then be used in the vaccine. Once inside people’s cells, like RNA vaccines, this triggers the immune system to recognize the Covid-19 virus and do its job to defeat it.
Piggybacking on another virus can make people worry about getting another form of the infection. Scientists avoided this risk by using harmless, genetically modified viral vectors that cannot cause disease.
While both RNA and viral vector are double-dose vaccines, the big plus with the latter is that they can be stored at normal refrigerator temperature, which makes it much easier to dispense, especially in poorer countries.
– How effective are they?
Studies have shown that the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective and the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine 95% effective.
The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to be around 70% effective, but again its main advantage is ease of distribution.
– Who comes first for the bumps?
The government set its priority groups on December 30th. At the top of the list are nine different categories, based primarily on age, called Phase 1 of the program. The list begins with residents of nursing homes for older adults and their carers.
In second place are people over 80 plus health and social workers at the forefront.
In third place are all people over 75, then people over 70 and people who have been classified as extremely at risk due to other clinical conditions, up to the ninth group of people aged 50 to 54 years.
These top 9 were identified using data that shows how many people in each category would need to be vaccinated to prevent death.
Phase 2 deals with people whose jobs they are putting at risk for Covid. The government says this could include first responders, the military, lawyers, teachers, transport workers and officials who are vital to fighting the pandemic.
– What’s going on on Monday?
Seven mass vaccination centers will open across England.
Ashton Gate Football Stadium in Bristol, Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, Excel Center, home of London’s Nightingale Hospital, Newcastle Center for Life, Manchester Tennis and Football Center, Robertson House in Stevenage and the Millennium Point in Birmingham cater to people 80 years of age and older, along with health and nursing staff.
These centers will be joined later this week by hundreds of more general practitioner and hospital-run services, as well as the first pharmacy-run pilot locations, bringing the total number of locations to around 1,200.
The government’s goal is to have 15 million people vaccinated by mid-February, with every adult in the UK to be vaccinated by the fall.