GPs in England must be ready to administer Covid vaccine by Christmas | World news


The NHS is preparing to administer any potential coronavirus vaccine before Christmas, as it has been revealed that the number of Covid hospital patients in England is equivalent to 22 hospitals full of patients.Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said there had been a “very substantial” increase in hospital admissions for coronavirus in October.

Projections from the Pandemic Influenza Modeling Scientific Group (SPI-M) show that by the end of November, there will be more patients hospitalized on Covid than there were during the first peak in April.

But there was some hope when Stevens revealed that the health service was preparing to write to all GPs across the country in anticipation of a potential vaccine available before Christmas.

GPs will be “ready to start before Christmas if the vaccine becomes available,” Stevens said.

He added: “There are over 200 vaccines in development and we think we should hopefully get one or more available as early as the first part of next year.

“In anticipation of this, we are also preparing the NHS to be ready to start administering the Covid vaccines before Christmas, if they become available.

“We have come to an agreement with GPs to make sure they will, and we will write GPs this week to get them ready to start at Christmas if the vaccine becomes available.”


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