Among those waiting for the first 530,000 doses, vulnerable NHS employees and social workers are
In preparation for its launch on Monday, hospitals obtained batches of the newly approved Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
There will be about 530,000 doses of the vaccine distributed in the U.K. Starting early next week, with priority given to vulnerable groups which have already been identified.
The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of the NHS Trust of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, was one of the first hospitals to receive a batch on Saturday morning.
Dr. George Findlay, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Trust Chief Executive, said that hundreds of workers would be vaccinated daily there.
Since the vaccine from Oxford/AstraZeneca can be stored at regular refrigerator temperatures, he said, it is much easier to administer than the product from Pfizer/BioNTech, which needs cold storage at around -70 ° C.
About a month ago, the introduction of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine began, and more than a million people have already received their first dose.
Instead of 21 days as initially intended, the second dose of both vaccines will now be given within 12 weeks. This is the outcome of a move to accelerate immunization in English health guidelines.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. infectious disease expert, said Friday that he disagreed with the U.K. Approach to postpone the second dose and that the U.S. will obey the advice of Pfizer and BioNTech to administer the second dose three weeks after the first dose.
In the U.K. The rule is to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated as easily as possible, even though the vaccine is slightly less effective after both doses have been administered to individuals.
It remains uncertain if covid transmission is also blocked by the vaccines.
Vulnerable NHS employees and social care staff are individuals to be vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
“A few weeks ago, we began vaccinating at our other hospital facility.
It was seen as a very positive move, something that gives more confidence to workers to come to work,’ Findlay said of the vaccination against Pfizer/BioNTech.
You just have to look at the statistics about how many workers have fallen ill or lost their lives over the last 10 months. It gives employees the courage to come to work to take care of patients. “You just have to look at the statistics over the last 10 months of how many staff have fallen ill or sadly lost their lives. It gives staff the confidence to come to work to take care of patients. ”
So though it’s very hard and the nurses are under pressure, the clinics are coping and we’re still delivering care to anyone who wants it.
The hospital has scaled back scheduled treatment, postponing several regular surgeries, Findlay said, so that staff can concentrate on the response of Covid 19.
The rollout comes after officials defended the English vaccination scheme after reports emerged of a contingency plan to possibly combine in a limited number of cases the two authorized vaccinations.
Public Health England’s Green Book advises that if the same vaccine used for the first dose is not available, ‘it is appropriate to give a dose of the locally available product to complete the schedule.’
But it adds, “There is no evidence that Covid 19 vaccines are interchangeable, although studies are underway.”