GP practices across England will begin giving out Covid vaccinations from this week as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.
Practices in more than 100 parts of the country are taking delivery of the vaccine today, with some kicking off their clinics this afternoon and the majority starting on Tuesday.
In all situations patients are asked not to telephone their GP practice to find out when, or if, they are going to get a vaccine.Patients will be contacted individually when one is available to them, with the programme of vaccinations expected to last well into 2021.
Last Wednesday a care worker from Falmouth and her teenage daughter became the first people in Cornwall to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Donna MacKinnon, aged 47 and head of care at Roscarrack House Care Home in Falmouth, together with her 18-year-old daughter Erin Lilly, who also works as a carer within the home, kicked off vaccinations being offered by the vaccination hub at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital.
NHS England said nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will now work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.
Along with other countries in the UK, residents of care homes in England will also receive their first vaccine later this week after distributors finalise new, stringent processes to ensure safe delivery of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine.
Like hospital staff, who launched the world-leading campaign last week, practice teams are working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
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