A senior hospital official was told to wait for the first deliveries on December 7, with staff vaccinations set to begin the following week.
No date has yet been confirmed by NHS England for the deployment of a jab as there are still several steps to complete before the green light can be given.
However, it is also understood that 10 days would be a reasonable timeframe if the vaccine were approved imminently, as planned.
On November 20, the Health Secretary said he had formally asked the MHRA to assess the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for use in the UK.
Matt Hancock hailed it as “another important step in the fight against this pandemic”.
But he said if the regulator’s approval would see a ready rollout to begin next month, there is “still a long way to go.”
The drug regulator confirmed Monday it has received the data necessary to advance its review of the world’s leading candidate.
The Guardian also reported that the Pfizer vaccine would be given to NHS staff first due to its short shelf life and logistical difficulties in transporting it.
The jab should be stored at -70 ° C until the day it is used – a temperature well beyond the range of standard hospital refrigerators.
When it comes to vaccine administration, interim advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) put residents of older nursing homes at the top of the queue, followed by workers from the health and social services, which are on a par with the 1980s.
People aged 18 and over who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will now be considered the same priority as those aged 70 and over, including those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer, chronic kidney disease and Down syndrome.
However, the JCVI guidelines also state that the final decision on how health and social service workers would be prioritized would depend on the characteristics of the vaccine.
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab and expects 10 million doses by the end of the year.
The UK has also ordered 100 million doses of a vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which does not need to be stored at such low temperatures.
The Oxford jab was also sent to the MHRA for approval.
Senior health officials have previously said GPs in England will be given 10 days’ notice before any deployment of the Covid vaccine begins.
A letter from Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS England Primary Care Medical Director, and Ed Waller, NHS England Primary Care Director, also thanked GPs for their efforts during the pandemic and praised their ‘fantastic response’ to the in place of vaccination sites.