Deployment comes amid reports that ‘put routine treatment on hold’ has been told to GPs
In England, GP practices are beginning to administer the coronavirus vaccine from Oxford/AstraZeneca after reports that GPs have been advised to “stop routine care” to prioritize vaccination.
Thursday’s deployment comes after the British daily announced that the death toll has risen to over 1,000 and the hospitals in London are reportedly on the verge of being overwhelmed.
It is hoped that in a mass vaccination drive that the Prime Minister has said is now a race, more than 700 sites in England will deliver vaccines by the end of the week.
Another 1,041 individuals were confirmed dead within 28 days of testing positive for the virus on Wednesday – the highest daily number in Britain since April 21.
A record number of individuals with Covid-19 are in the hospital, and on Monday another 3,500 were admitted to England.
In order to concentrate on providing the vaccines, GPs were ordered to “stop non-essential work” the Daily Telegraph reported.
Lucy Watson, president of the Patients Association, told the newspaper, “For patients to have confidence that the NHS will remain open for business, it would be helpful if there were clear messages from NHS England about which primary care health activities will be stopped and which will continue.”
When the House of Commons was recalled from its Christmas break on Wednesday, with a 508-majority of MPs voting in favor of the steps, which should be in effect by March 31, Boris Johnson received overwhelming support from MPs for the new closure
He told the House of Commons, “After last year’s marathon, we are now in fact in a sprint, a race to vaccinate those at risk faster than the virus can reach them. Every needle in the arm makes a difference.”
Unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which needs long-term storage at -70 ° C, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – the second injection arrives 12 weeks after the first – is easier to administer since it can be kept at regular refrigerator temperatures.
Fast Guide Who will first get the latest Covid 19 vaccine in the UK?
A list of classes of citizens that would be prioritized for vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom has been released by the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization. The list will be:
1 All persons 80 years and older and health and social care professionals.
2 Everyone who is 75 years and older.
3 All who are 70 years of age and older.
4 Everyone who is 65 years and older.
5 Adults under 65 years of age at high risk for serious illness and mortality from Covid-19.
6 Adults under 65 years of age at moderate risk of serious illness and mortality from Covid-19.
7 All persons 60 years of age and older.
8 All persons 55 years of age and older.
9 All persons 50 years of age and older.
10 The rest of the population.
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Seven mass vaccination centers will open next week in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Stevenage.
There have been claims that vaccine clinics have been consistently delayed by GPs because the supply of materials has been inconsistent.
Richard Vautrey, chairman of the GPs committee of the British Medical Association, told the Times that it was “crucial that practices are given more certainty about delivery dates, which then do not change, and are given as much information as possible about potential delays so they can effectively mitigate the impact of last-minute postponements for patients.”
At one medical center in Bristol, the first batch scheduled for Dec. 22 was canceled at the last minute.
A Rochdale vaccination center that was expected to receive more than 1,000 doses this weekend was then told they would not arrive, the Times reported.
The minister of vaccines, Nadhim Zahawi, admitted that the goal of vaccinating about 14 million people in the highest-priority groups by Feb. 15 was “stretching.”
About 1.3 million people have already received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the drive to increase the speed of vaccinations will result in the approval period for Covid vaccine batches being reduced from 20 to four days. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for controls i