Greater Manchester's mass COVID-19 vaccination centre opens

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens said some "clinical decisions" were taken to give the follow-up jabs.

Public Health England (PHE) is also today publishing the surveillance strategy for the COVID-19 vaccine programme which sets out how data from surveillance is used to analyse vaccine effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 and severe disease, as well as the impact of the vaccination programme on the population as a whole. Sites include football stadiums and a horse racing course, and are located in cities including Bristol, London, Newcastle and Manchester.

But with all centres, people will need to wait until they receive an invitation.

The centres are an additional option for people, who can book an appointment through the national booking service online or over the phone.

If it is not convenient for them, they can instead be jabbed at one of their local vaccination centres in the coming weeks. If an appointment has already been offered by the GP, people can choose which appointment suits them best.

By the end of the month, all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will have been offered a vaccine and all adults will be offered a vaccine by Autumn.

Volunteers from St John's Ambulance will be providing support for the smooth running of the centres in three different roles: fully trained vaccinators, post vaccination observers and patient advocates.

"Every time you try to flex the rules that could be fatal and staying at home is the most important thing we can do collectively as a society", Hancock said.

We have worked at unprecedented pace and scale to ensure Britain receives vaccines that meet strict safety standards as quickly as possible.

The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital has reached a record high in England, while the official Government coronavirus death toll for the United Kingdom passed 81,000 at the weekend and lab-confirmed cases hit more than three million. Please do not contact or turn up to the centre without an appointment. This means that the distance required to travel to a vaccine is expected to decrease.

The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan sets out how the government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local councils and the armed forces to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history.

Vaccine centres will each be capable of delivering thousands of vaccinations each week, scaling their operations up and down according to vaccine supplies and demand.

There are already nearly 1,000 vaccination sites across the country.

The vast majority, nearly 800, are GP-led services and they are expected to deliver most of the vaccinations.

Britain is facing the worst weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, its chief medical officer said on Monday, with the health service entering a "dangerous time" as deaths and cases hit record highs while a mass vaccination programme picks up steam.

The new vaccine centres are being joined later in the week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200, according to the health service.

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