The Government has published its UK Covid-19 vaccines delivery plan, setting out how the largest vaccination programme in British history will be delivered.
The 46-page plan commits to offering the first vaccine dose to all those in the top four priority groups as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) by 15 February 2021. This includes residents in care homes for older adults, care home workers, people over 80 years old and all eligible frontline community-based social care workers.
With these groups accounting for 88% of coronavirus fatalities, the move should prevent thousands of deaths once their immunity develops in 14 days.
By the end of January, everyone in England should be within ten miles of a vaccination site or, in a small number of rural areas, the vaccine will be provided via mobile teams.
There will also be capacity to deliver at least 2m vaccinations in England per week by the end of January and all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month
An encouraging step was the opening of the first seven NHS vaccination centres, including one on the site of the London Nightingale Hospital. This brings the total to around 1,000 vaccination sites across the country, with more coming onboard – an incredible achievement in such a short space of time.