NHS England Plans To Vaccinate All Frontline Staff Against COVID-19 In Next Few Weeks

NHS England Plans To Vaccinate All Frontline Staff Against COVID-19 In Next Few Weeks. image: NHS media

NHS England Plans To Vaccinate All Frontline Staff Against COVID-19 In Next Few Weeks.

NHS England said on Friday it had made plans to vaccinate all frontline staff against COVID-19 in the next few weeks following the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Nation Health Service medical director for primary care, Nikita Kanani, said she hoped that the vaccine will be administered to “all health and social care staff” by mid-February. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the NHS was under severe strain, as Britain recorded its highest daily death toll on Friday and London hospitals were at the risk of being overwhelmed.

The UK has the world’s fifth-highest COVID-19 death toll at nearly 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed April’s record.

“From the middle of January, all NHS Trusts will be able to provide vaccinations for local healthcare and social care workers, which will be critical in keeping both them and patients safe. The life-saving jab will be offered to all staff across NHS services, including those who work in general practices, pharmacies, dentists and other primary and secondary care settings.” Clinics will be scaled up to enable vaccinations seven days a week.” the NHS said in an emailed statement

A large number of NHS staff have already received their first dose of the vaccine. The NHS said it will prioritise the vaccination of its workers based on local risk assessments such as underlying health conditions and whether people are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

In a letter to NHS Trusts seen by Reuters, three key NHS England officials, including Kanani, said they were under an “immediate requirement to vaccinate frontline health and social care workers, ensuring maximum uptake of vaccination and timely, equitable access across staff groups”.

Britain, the first country to approve vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca, on Friday approved Moderna’s shot, which it hopes to begin administering this spring.


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