'Prepare for coronavirus vaccine coming within days', hospitals told

Hospitals could expect the new coronavirus vaccine “within days”, according to sources.

NHS staff will be among the first to receive the vaccine as the government prepares to protect the front lines and the elderly and vulnerable adults.

The Pfizer and BioTech vaccine has been working hard to produce a vaccine, and it is said to be 95 percent effective at stopping it.

However, the date the vaccine is released largely depends on the approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

An NHS source attached to the Mirror: “We expect it within the next two weeks, they have determined how much is coming and where.

“They are currently figuring out how to get it to staff within five days.”

Initially, only NHS employees will receive the vaccine, while residents of care homes and people over 80 will have to wait for the time being.

The move has sparked anger among healthcare industry heads as nursing home residents and over-80s were identified by the government as the top priority for the jab.



The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Vaccination (JCVI) said in September that the elderly in nursing homes and staff should be prioritized.

Those over 80 and those working in health and social care should come second.

However, the nature of the vaccine has led to rethinking who should get it first.

NHS officials believe it should only be moved four times or it could become ineffective. So it cannot be easily moved by GPs to places such as nursing homes.

By the time it arrives in hospitals in the UK, it will have already been moved twice, from the Pfizer manufacturing site in Belgium to storage in the UK and then to hospitals.

NHS trusts have reportedly urged staff in the NHS to get flu vaccines as soon as possible, as there must be a few weeks between having that and the coronavirus shot.

For those in nursing homes and people over 80, they are likely to receive the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine. It was referred to the MHRA last Friday. Coro

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