LONDON – The UK National Health Service will launch a Western mass vaccination program against coronavirus on Tuesday in the first line of ownership of elderly people and cared for domestic workers.
Following approval by the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 2 December, the first doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine have arrived in the UK from Belgium and 50 vaccine “centers” have been set up in hospitals. The NHS says people over the age of 80 who go to the hospital as outpatients and those discharged from the hospital will be the first to be vaccinated.
In a statement released today, the NHS said the hospital would begin inviting others over the age of 80 to be vaccinated and would “work with in-home care providers” to book its staff at vaccination clinics.
Although care home residents were to be the first to be vaccinated, the government said on Dec. 4 that getting the vaccine to residents is a “challenge” and details on how it will work have yet to be released. Instead, only nursing home staff will be able to get vaccinated in hospital centers.
Starting in the week beginning Dec. 14, community vaccination by networks led by general practitioners will begin on a small scale.
The BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine should be stored at least 70 degrees Celsius. It can then be thawed and stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.