First two NHS trusts will start 24/7 Covid vaccinations TODAY – here’s where they are

TWO NHS hospital trusts are giving out 24/7 Covid vaccines from today.

They are part of a pilot to eventually get jabs in Brits’ arms at all hours in the mass rollout.

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University Hospitals of Birmingham Foundation Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust start their trial of the programme today, HSJ reports.

Medics at the two Midlands centres will stay focused on the same sections of the public being given the vaccine at already established hubs.

This includes high-priority groups, those over 80 and frontline and social care workers.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals of Birmingham Foundation Trust said: "We are looking at further options to provide all health and social care staff across Birmingham and Solihull the opportunity to be vaccinated at a time that suits them.

"From tonight we will be opening up a number of vaccination appointment slots specifically for our night staff, between 6pm and 8am.

"These will be rolled out site by site at QEHB, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals into the weekend."

Currently people can only get jabs at centres between 8am and 8pm.

More than 4million Brits have had their first dose of the vaccine, with over 450,000 also getting a second dose.

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The Midlands has been consistently topping the league table of vaccines dished out.

NHS England has been approached for comment.

Earlier this week the Government announced five million over-70s and "extremely vulnerable" will be invited to get their Covid jab from Monday.

But some ministers questioned if the rollout could mean some younger and less-at-risk people will get their jabs before older and higher-risk people "purely based on the luck of their location".

Boris Johnson has vowed to continue to ramp up the jabs programme to hit his target of vaccinating 13.5m Brits by mid February. 

Earlier in the week vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "[The pilots will trial] different types of 24/7 delivery to make sure we learn from it and we get it right".

"We will then make sure that we can learn from the 24/7 pilot of how we can make it more convenient so we can vaccinate more people as more volumes of the vaccines, that we're expecting to come in, begin to arrive.”

It comes as Pfizer's Covid vaccine is likely to protect against the mutant variant of coronavirus first discovered in the UK, new findings suggest.

The encouraging results from further tests on the jab will provide further hope after Britain recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Tuesday.

Despite high death figures this week, case numbers are starting to come down as the effect of lockdown and the vaccination programme starts to take hold.

Ministers believe the peak of the second wave has now passed, but a two week lag on people needing treatment means the NHS is still under immense stress.



 

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