First 50 hospitals that will roll out Covid Pfizer jab revealed

First 50 hospitals that will roll out Covid Pfizer jab revealed

First 50 hospitals that will roll out Covid Pfizer jab revealed
Initial batches of the Pfizer jab, which trials have shown to be 95% effective, are already heading to Britain

The first 50 hospitals that will be administering the Pfizer coronavirus jab were revealed last night as Boris Jonhnson warned of the ‘immense logistical challenges’ ahead.

Dozens of hospitals across the country are already set up and waiting to receive the Covid-19 jab after it was approved by health regulators yesterday.

People over 80 and care home staff will be the first to get doses when they arrive next week.

The list of hospitals they can get an appointment from includes 13 in the Midlands, eight in the North West, South East and South West, seven in the East of England and London and only one in each of Yorkshire and the North East regions.

There will eventually be ‘three modes of delivery’ of the vaccine, with vaccination centres currently being set up and GPs and pharmacies also expected to administer the jab.

The army held a trial run at one of the first mass immunisation sites on Wednesday after warnings that the logistics of getting the vaccine out to people will be ‘complicated’.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens told a Downing street press conference that care homes will have to wait because the stock can’t be broken down into batches smaller than 975 at a time.

The vaccine, which must be kept at -70°C (-94°F) until shortly before it is used, means storage must meticulously controlled for the entire distribution process.

The strict requirements mean hospitals equipped with ultra-cold freezers have been called upon to act as ‘hubs’ where the first people will be vaccinated.

The army’s drill, code-named Exercise Panacea, took place at Ashton Gate football and rugby stadium in Bristol – one of approximately seven regional hubs that will be used to vaccinate the wider population as GP surgeries target at-risk patients and hospitals immunise NHS and care home staff, as well as some patients.  

During the exercise 30 staff and volunteers were looped through the building pretending to be different types of patients, from one suffering an adverse reaction to one with symptoms or one who won’t get the jab.

It is planned that vaccinations will be given at the stadium 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Other venues being prepared to be used as regional hubs include the Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCeL Centre, Leicester Racecourse and Manchester Tennis and Football Centre.

The Government and NHS will have to get extra permission from the UK health regulators, the MHRA, to break the vaccine supplies down into smaller batches that could then be handed out to care homes.

It is not yet clear how long this might take, but Sir Simon said most of the vaccinations would be given out in 2021, not this year.  

Initial batches of the Pfizer jab, which trials have shown to be 95% effective, are already heading to Britain.

Lorries were spotted transporting thousands of doses from Pfizer’s factories in Puurs, Belgium, on Wednesday morning after British regulators gave the vaccine the green light.

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the breakthrough jab and 800,000 doses will arrive in the coming days – with some expected as early as today.

The first 50 hospitals to get the vaccine

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Cambridge University Hospitals

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Countess of Chester Hospital

Croydon University Hospital

Dartford and Gravesham Hospitals

Dorset County Hospitals

East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals

East Kent Hospitals

East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals

Great Western Hospitals

Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust

James Paget University Hospitals

Kings College Hospital

Princess Royal University Hospital, Kings

Lancashire Teaching Hospital

Leeds Teaching Hospital

Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Mid and South Essex Hospitals

Milton Keynes University Hospital

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Northampton General Hospital

North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Portsmouth Hospital University

Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals

The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals

University College Hospitals

University Hospitals Birmingham

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

University Hospitals Derby Burton

University Hospitals of North Midlands

University Hospitals Plymouth

United Lincolnshire Hospitals

Walsall Healthcare

West Hertfordshire Hospitals

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals

Yeovil District Hospital

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