GPs in England told 'be ready as Covid-19 vaccination centres by December 14'

NHS bosses have told GP practices and primary care networks in England they must be ready to run Covid-19 vaccination centers by Monday, Dec. 14.

A letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement to all surgeries and primary care workers warns that the “scale and complexity” of the vaccination program would make it “one of the greatest challenges the NHS has ever faced,” reports PA.

“It is critical that we start activating local vaccination services so that priority patient cohorts can access the vaccine.”

The vaccine sites must be prepared to deliver 975 doses of the vaccine by the week of December 14 – the number of doses in each of the Pfizer vaccine packs.

The first people to receive the vaccine at the centers will be “ priority patients, ” which, according to the letter, refers to people over the age of 80 who can visit the vaccination center, as long as their other risk factors are considered “ clinically or otherwise. ” account.

It said, “The vaccine should be used quickly in the days following delivery.

“We can guarantee vaccination for 3.5 days after delivery, with storage at 2C-8C.”

NHS England and NHS Improvement said the number of vaccination sites in each area of ​​the clinical commissioning group (CCG) will vary with the number of residents aged 80 and over.

CCGs have been asked to account for inequalities and deprivation – some of the greatest risk factors of Covid-19 – when selecting vaccination centers.

Centers will also be stocked with the “IT equipment needed to deliver the program and a refrigerator,” the letter said.

It added, “We will be writing to sites identified as part of wave 1 Monday, with full details on vaccine delivery dates, the delivery of other consumables and equipment on the site, and the process of ensuring that the vaccines are ready before they are delivered. “

It said staff at the vaccination sites would receive training and “full support to mobilize within the timeframe.”