Amid the more dismal Covid estimates, the Prime Minister launches the national vaccination booking program in England
In order to meet ambitious goals, a nationwide booking service for vaccination appointments in England is being rolled out, Boris Johnson said, pledging to vaccinate every elderly care home resident by the end of the month.
The prime minister said that within 10 miles of their home, everybody will be able to get a vaccine and that GP-led vaccination clinics providing vaccines will grow to more than 1,000 by the end of next week and hospital clinics to 223 by Jan. 15 to provide hundreds of thousands of vaccinations a day.
On a scale we have never seen before, this is a national challenge.
And that’s going to take an extraordinary national initiative,’ Johnson said at the No. 10 press conference. “We are in a race against time, of course.
But I can assure you that we are doing what we can to vaccinate as many people in the UK as possible.
The report followed grim new figures in the UK for Covid, including 1,162 more deaths associated with Covid. The only day on the government’s dashboard with a higher number of deaths was April 21, when 1,224 deaths were registered.
According to the new estimates reported by Johnson, 1.26 million people in England have been vaccinated, taking the overall number of people vaccinated to almost 1.5 million, more than all the other European countries combined.
This came after the Health Secretary warned that every six months, the population would need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Matt Hancock told MPs that how long the defense would last was still uncertain. He told the bipartisan Health and Human Services Committee, “I anticipate that we will probably have to revaccinate because we don’t know the longevity of the protection from these vaccines,”
“We don’t know how frequent it will be, but it may have to be every six months, it may have to be every year. There’s absolutely no doubt that vaccines and testing will continue to be an issue next year.”
The pressure on the NHS is real and increasing, said Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England. In the hospital, the number of covid patients is rising “very, very quickly,” he said.
In our clinics, we now have 50 percent more coronavirus patients than we had at the height of the first wave in April.
And this is happening in every area of the world,’ he said.
“Only after Christmas Day, we have seen a rise of 10,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients. That’s the equivalent of 20 more coronavirus patients being filled with acute care hospitals.
And, of course, at what is usually the busiest time of year for hospitals and the whole NHS, this is all happening.
Stevens said that in the next five weeks, the NHS plans to vaccinate more people than it usually vaccinates in five months during a winter flu campaign. He said 80,000 individuals were now qualified to administer the vaccines, 18,000 of whom had already begun work in different contexts.
Johnson and Stevens criticized conspiracy theorists who, believing the pandemic was a hoax, had filmed in hospitals or protested outside.
“they need to grow up,”They need to grow up,”We all need to responsibly do our part to protect them, and for many of us that means staying home and protecting the NHS.”We all need to do our part responsibly to protect them, and that means staying home and protecting the NHS for many of us.
Those who made such comments, Stevens said, put lives at risk and threatened health care staff. “Let’s be blunt about this. When people say that, it’s a lie,” he said.
If you sneak into a hospital and see an empty corridor at nine o’clock at night and film that particular corridor and then post it on social media and say,’ This shows that hospitals are empty, this whole thing is a hoax’ – not only are you responsible for potentially altering behavior that kills people, but it’s also an insult to the nurse who comes home in the ICU after twelve hours.
“There is nothing more demoralizing than when such nonsense is spread when it is patently untrue.”