Covid-19 vaccine for NHS frontliners ‘within weeks’.
THE NHS Trust confirmed in an email sent to staff that preparations are underway for a mass roll-out of the vaccinate across the service.
It’s hoped the jab will be ready ‘within weeks’, reports Mail on Sunday.
Chief executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire, Glen Burley, said that his Trust and others nationally have been told to get ready to begin a Covid-19 staff vaccine programme in early December.
The aim is to prioritise hospital staff ahead of Christmas.
Burley told the publication the vaccine will be given in two doses, four weeks apart.
Only those who have had a flu jab this year will qualify.
The Government has revealed healthcare workers will be the first to be vaccinated, followed by ‘vulnerable groups’ such as the elderly.
It’s believed the vaccine likely to be used by the NHS is the one being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which is currently in the final stage of clinical trials.
If it is proven to be safe with no serious side effects, reports suggest the UK might bypass the EU approval process before the end of the post-Brexit transition period on December 31.
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