GPs in England to begin offering Pfizer vaccine after 18,447 new cases
London, Dec. 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Covid vaccinations will start being given to patients from GP surgeries in England as part of the next stage of the rollout of the programme.
GP practices in more than 100 locations will receive their first deliveries of the vaccine later, the NHS said.
Some will start vaccinating on Monday afternoon, with the majority getting under way on Tuesday.
The 100 or so practices getting the vaccine on Monday will be followed by another 100 to 200 over the course of the week.
The rest of the network of 1,200 designated practices – each local area has been asked to nominate one practice to deliver the vaccine – are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Tens of thousands of people in the UK received the Pfizer-BioNTech jab last week in hospitals.
Like last week, the GP practices will prioritise over-80s, along with health and care staff.
It comes as a further 18,447 coronavirus cases were recorded across the UK on Sunday, along with 144 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
The number of deaths recorded tends to be lower over the weekend because of reporting delays.
The vaccination centres will operate from existing doctors’ surgeries or community hubs in villages, towns and cities across the country.
NHS staff, including nurses and pharmacists, will work alongside GPs to carry out the vaccinations. BBC