A New Front Reopened in the Fight COVID-19 opens today as seven NHS mass vaccination centers activate in the fight to protect people across England.
In addition to the new centers, which include a soccer stadium and tennis club, hundreds of other GP-run and hospital services will be added later this week.
And this roll-out will also include the first pharmacy-run pilot locations, which NHS England says will number around 1,200 in the county.
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, said expanding vaccination sites would help “keep more people safe”.
As the sites will be able to provide thousands of vaccinations each week, NHS England is hoping to increase its activities in line with the supply and demand for vaccines.
The government program targets nearly 14 million vulnerable people by mid-February, including those over 80, residents of nursing homes and health and care workers.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes they are on the right track to meet the target. In England, more than 200,000 people are vaccinated every day, and a third of those over 80 are already bumped.
The seven new vaccination centers in England that will open on Monday are: 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, Robertson House in Stevenage and the Birmingham Millennium Point.
The locations were chosen to allow a geographic distribution that would cover as many people as possible, said NHS England.
Over the weekend and the coming week, around 600 invitations should be sent to people aged 80 and over who live up to a 45-minute drive from one of the new centers.
The sites will also vaccinate health and care workers.
Professor Powis said, “By increasing the supply, the NHS will be able to open more vaccination services and protect even more people this week.
“While my NHS colleagues are working hard to make sure we can bring vaccines to all of those who would benefit most in the next month while providing those who need them, we need the public to help us.
“Please do not contact the NHS to find a vaccine. We will contact you.” When we contact you, please attend the appointments you have booked. “
He reminded everyone whether or not they had a vaccine, they must continue to follow all instructions, “To control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home and hands, face and yourself as much as possible Space to follow “guidance if you can’t”.
Meanwhile, Boots said the first vaccination site would open later this week to offer the Oxford / AstraZeneca rush to the most vulnerable.
The drug company said it plans to open locations in Huddersfield and Gloucester in the coming weeks.
Seb James, CEO of Boots, said, “Our vaccination sites are clean, clinical environments, inaccessible, cheap places like main roads. We have extensive experience with vaccination services and have had over a million flu vaccinations this winter flu season alone.
“We hope to help the NHS and give more people the opportunity to get vaccinated quickly.”
Of the nearly 1,000 vaccination sites currently open across the country, nearly 800 are GP-run services, which are expected to deliver the most shocks, according to the NHS.