Hospitals To Start Biggest Ever NHS Vaccination Programme This Week

The NHS will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus at hospital hubs from this week in the biggest immunisation programme in history.

This coming week, people aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will begin to be jabbed, along with of NHS workers who are at higher risk.

NHS staff are working through the weekend to prepare for the launch of the programme on Tuesday.

Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the life-saving jab.

Hospitals will also begin inviting over 80s in for a jab and work with care home providers to book their staff in to vaccination clinics.

Any appointments not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from covid.

All those vaccinated will need a booster jab 21 days later.

GPs and other primary care staff are also being put on standby to start delivering the jab. A small number of GP-led primary care networks will begin doing so during the following week (week beginning 14 December) with more practices in more parts of the country joining in on a phased basis during December and in the coming months.

Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients in sporting venues and conference centres will subsequently stand up when further supplies of vaccine come on stream.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “Despite the huge complexities, hospitals will kickstart the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday.  The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will be landing at hospitals by Monday in readiness.

“The NHS has a strong record of delivering large scale vaccination programmes – from the flu jab, HPV vaccine and lifesaving MMR jabs – hardworking staff will once again rise to the challenge to protect the most vulnerable people from this awful disease.” 

The life-saving vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder but there is a complex and difficult logistical challenge to deliver from the manufacturers Pfizer to patients.

It needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain before being used.

NHS staff have been working over the weekend to prepare the sites and accept deliveries.

Hospital hubs likely to be starting to vaccinate from next week and in the coming weeks and months are:

MID AND SOUTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

MILTON KEYNES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

EAST SUFFOLK AND NORTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

NORTH WEST ANGLIA NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

JAMES PAGET UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

NORFOLK AND NORWICH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

EAST AND NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE NHS TRUST

ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

GUY'S AND ST THOMAS' NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

CROYDON HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUST

ST GEORGE'S UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

WALSALL HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST

CHESTERFIELD ROYAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

SHERWOOD FOREST HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE NHS TRUST

ROYAL STOKE HOSPITAL

NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF DERBY AND BURTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

SHREWSBURY AND TELFORD HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

SHEFFIELD TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

NORTH CUMBRIA INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

HULL UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

THE NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

ST JAMES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST

SOUTH TEES NHS TRUST

WIRRAL UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL

LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

BLACKPOOL TEACHING HOSPITAL

LANCASHIRE TEACHING HOSPITAL TRUST

FRIMLEY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS TRUST

EAST KENT HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – WILLIAM HARVEY HOSPITAL

ROYAL SUSSEX COUNTY HOSPITAL (BRIGHTON AND SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST)

PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS TRUST

ROYAL SURREY NHS FT

YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST

GREAT WESTERN HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST

Published: 07/12/2020