England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread

  • England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread

England opens mass vaccination sites as virus spike fears spread

Around two million people across the United Kingdom have now received their first dose of a vaccine, with an exact figure to be given later on Monday.

The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan is the largest vaccination programme in British history and sets to delivery at least 2 million vaccinations per week at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.

By the end of January, everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.

Vaccinations against coronavirus are to be ramped up as mass injection centres open but pleas have been made to the public to stick to the lockdown rules to prevent avoidable deaths.

The new centres - including at a football stadium and a tennis club - will be joined later this week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200, NHS England said.

Mass vaccination centres will also be used to administer jabs to frontline NHS staff and social care workers offering community support, and will be the first to deploy trained volunteers from St John Ambulance and the NHS Volunteers Responder scheme.

She said: "I had no hesitation at coming forward for my vaccination when it was offered to me".

The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital has reached a record high in England, while the official Government coronavirus death toll for the United Kingdom passed 81,000 at the weekend and lab-confirmed cases hit more than three million.

"These past months have been extremely challenging for the people of Greater Manchester and the confirmation that a vaccination centre will open at the Etihad Campus is welcome news for everyone".

This will mean every at-risk person has easy access to a vaccination centre, regardless of where they live.

However, anybody with such a concern has been advised that they can wait for a local appointment in the future if they prefer.

During the peak of the first outbreak in April, about 18,000 people were in hospital but now there are 30,000, Whitty said, adding the health service was facing "a significant crisis". This means that the distance required to travel to a vaccine is expected to decrease.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is pinning its hopes on a mass vaccination programme to offer a way out of the pandemic by the spring. "The NHS will contact you directly to invite you to book and have your vaccination when it's your turn".

The centres are an additional option for people, who can book an appointment through the national booking service online or over the phone.

To book your vaccination appointment, you will need your 10 digit NHS number, which should be included on your vaccine letter.

"The most important thing now is for people to actually say, look, these are the rules, they're really clear and we shouldn't do anything that's outside them, but we should actually, even within them, we should be doing our level best to minimise the amount of unnecessary contact with people who are not from our house".