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City hospital one of first to receive Covid vaccine.

Byline: IAN HUGHES News Reporter

COVENTRY'S hospital has been named among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine when mass-immunisation begins next week.

Across the UK, there are now 50 'hospital hubs' set-up to receive the jab from Pfizer and BIONTECH, after it was approved for clinical use by regulators.

That could mean the first people are given vaccines from as early as Monday.

One of the hospitals listed is University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described it as a 'monumental step forward' in the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the NHS, all Trusts will need to have a plan to vaccinate their workforce, and the preparations that need to be made locally will differ:

For Trusts who are also a NHS Trust Vaccine Hub your plans must cover how you will vaccinate your own workforce and how you will support neighbouring trusts to vaccinate their workforce. For all other Trusts your plan must cover how you will work with your nearest hub to vaccinate your workforce if required, and how you would deliver the vaccine within your trust should this become possible.

Vaccines will also be administered at local GP surgeries and in pharmacies, and then at mass vaccine centres, which will be set up as more doses arrive in the country.

Mr Hancock said the UK will receive 40 million doses of the vaccine over the coming months, enough for 20 million people to receive the necessary two jabs.

He said batch testing for the first deployment of 800,000 doses of the vaccine had been completed.

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Author:IAN HUGHES News Reporter
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Dec 4, 2020
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