Hospitals have begun the national programme of vaccinating priority groups against coronavirus.

Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother, became the first to receive the Pfizer jab, following its clinical approval. A week in, Government figures showed almost 138,000 people across the UK had been vaccinated against Covid-19 since the rollout began.

The 50 hospital hubs in the first wave – more hospitals will start vaccinating over the coming weeks as the programme ramps up – are:

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The life-saving vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder but there is a complex logistical challenge to deliver from manufacturer to patient. The jab needs to be stored at minus 70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain ahead of use. 

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NHS England website: Hospitals to start biggest ever NHS Vaccination Programme this week

Guardian website: 138,000 people in UK receive Covid vaccine in first week

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