UK Faces Worst Weeks Of COVID Pandemic, Deaths And Cases Peak

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

Hancock will visit one of the seven new regional vaccination centres to see first-hand an element of the plan in action.

Around two million people across the United Kingdom have now received their first dose of a vaccine, with an exact figure to be given later on Monday.

The UK has been ahead of the curve on approving Covid-19 vaccinations and on Monday the government is expected to outline how it will hit its target of vaccinating 13 million people by February 15.

As well as these volunteers, NHS Responders coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service will also be providing volunteers to be stewards who play a crucial role in help people through the centre, improving the patient journey.

By the end of January, everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.

"These past months have been extremely challenging for the people of Greater Manchester and the confirmation that a vaccination centre will open at the Etihad Campus is welcome news for everyone".

People should wait until they are invited and should not call their GP but use the booking line.

The UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan is the largest vaccination programme in British history and sets to delivery at least 2 million vaccinations per week at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.

Nadhim Zahawi, the minister in charge of vaccine deployment, said the plan will "set out our ambitions for the coming weeks and months as we continue to expand our programme at breakneck speed, with strategies to underpin every commitment".

This would account for nearly half of the priority groups in phase one, with all 9 high-risk groups for phase one of the programme being vaccinated by spring. Ali Webster, PhD, RD, and director of research and nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council, says it's still too soon to determine whether or not the vitamin could help lower your risk of experiencing adverse COVID-19 symptoms."There are plausible biological mechanisms for it doing so, and low levels of B6 in the body are associated with a weakened immune system", she says.

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.

The UK was the first nation to approve vaccines developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and by Pfizer/BioNTech, and last week it approved Moderna's shot.

"I think that the much more important thing is that people should not be leaving their home unless they absolutely have to". In the Chancellor's Spending Review, published on 25 November, it was announced that the government has made more than £6 billion available to develop and procure successful vaccines.

Later on Monday (11 January), Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to set out the government's vaccines delivery plan, hailing it as the "keystone of our exit out of the pandemic".

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