COVID-19: Patients will receive coronavirus vaccine during general surgeries across England | UK News


Patients will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines during general surgeries today.

Vaccination centers run by local doctors in more than 100 locations across England will have the vaccine delivered, with some opening clinics this afternoon.

This is the last phase of the UK vaccine rollout program, and the majority of them will start providing immunization services to their local communities from Tuesday, the NHS said.

NHS staff, including nurses and pharmacists, will work alongside GPs to inoculate patients and vaccination centers will operate from existing doctor’s offices or community centers.

General practitioners to receive approved Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on Monday

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Director of Primary Care, described the moment as “moving” and “overwhelming”.

She said: “As a general practitioner, I am proud to be a part of this huge national effort to protect our patients from the virus and I urge the public to come forward when called upon for the vaccine. ”

Each part of the country will be covered by a vaccination center.

Patients in priority groups are contacted first, including those over 80 and nursing home workers.

Later this week, the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine will finally be offered to residents of nursing homes, after practical difficulties in distribution.

More than 100 sites will receive the vaccine

Community clinics were set up following the launch of vaccinations in hospitals last week.

Margaret Keenan, 90, made history by becoming the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer jab outside of a trial.

Margaret Keenan, 90, became the world's first patient to receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccination outside of a trial
Margaret Keenan, 90, became the world’s first patient to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccination outside of a trial

There are significant logistical challenges with the Pfizer vaccine which must be stored at ultra-low temperatures.

But Professor Martin Marshall, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the general practice had an “excellent track record” in delivering vaccines, including annual flu shots.

General practitioner practices will receive the approved Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on Monday, with some offering vaccinations within hours.
Vaccination centers will operate from existing doctor’s offices or community centers

“We want to use this experience to help protect people from COVID-19 and start to return to normal life,” he said.

Vaccination clinics have been designed to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

More general practitioners and community pharmacies will also join the vaccination program in the new year.

Dr Richard Vautrey, Chairman of the BMA General Practitioners Committee, said: “This will be a major undertaking and now hundreds of general practitioners working together in local practice groups will ensure that this vital vaccination campaign is carried out the most. quickly possible, providing protection for some of our most vulnerable patients, with safety and well-being at the heart of their work. ”

It is hoped that other vaccines will be put into use in the coming weeks, including the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.


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