Hancock said on December 8 that more hospitals would be added to the list that could start vaccinating people “later in the day”.
In response to Conservative Representative Holly Mumbai Croft, he said, “We have started work in 70 hospitals across the UK. Those are the best to handle the difficult logistics of having a vaccine that has to be stored at –70.
“But I understand every hospital’s desire to have that list and we will publish another later today.”
NHS front line staff will It is no longer a priority for the Coronavirus vaccineAfter confusion over how many doses the UK will receive before the end of the year.
The NHS staff would have been the first to put up with the punches After it was very difficult to get the vaccine into care. But amid uncertainty about supplies of the new stab, care homes were returned to the list.
NHS Providers Chief Executive Chris Hobson said 800,000 initial doses “could be the only batch we’ve been receiving for some time”.
Speaking in the House of Commons on December 8, Mr. Hancock said that there were “huge logistical challenges” in launching the vaccine, however, the next shipment is scheduled to arrive next week.
Next week, the NHS will expand its vaccination program, with Pfizer vaccinations being rolled out outside 70 hospitals to about 300 medical centers, targeting those 80 years and over.
Between 1.2 and 1.6 million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are due to be delivered to the NHS next week, on Tuesday noon.
The remaining 4 million doses destined for the UK before the end of the year will arrive in shipment the following week, according to The Times.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) initially said that residents and workers in care homes should be at the forefront of the shots, followed by those over the age of 80 and public health workers.
However, due to the expected difficulties in delivering the vaccine to the elderly, NHS staff have been asked to prepare for vaccination by receiving the winter flu vaccine before the end of November, as there must be at least a week between the two vaccinations.
The Pfizer / BioNtech syringe should be shipped in dry ice at -103 F (-75 C) and only lasts for five days once stored in the refrigerator at usual temperatures of 35.6 F – 46.4 (2-8 C) making it impractical. Put it in the refrigerator care homes.
Senior NHS officials claim that the vaccine can only be transported again after it arrives at a central hub, and it must be transported in batches of 975 – meaning that the vaccine would be wasted if sent to smaller care homes where there are only a few dozen residents.
However, Pfizer said that the vaccine can be sent to care homes, as long as the vaccine is transferred for no more than six hours after leaving cold storage, and then it is placed in a regular refrigerator at 2 to 8 ° C.
Although, the Scottish Minister of Health announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be delivered to residents of a care home in Scotland within two weeks.
Jane Freeman said conversations on December 3 confirmed that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine can be transported in an unfrozen state for up to 12 hours, and can also be divided into smaller packages under “certain circumstances.”
Ms Freeman told MSPs that this makes the vaccine “more usable with minimal waste for our nursing home residents and our elderly.”
“In fact, we can get the vaccine for them, or near them, and we’ll start this exercise from December 14th,” she said.
The National Care Forum said the only viable solution for nursing home residents is to go over the punches “above the threshold.”