At a daily press conference this afternoon the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said by the end of the week there will be over 1,000 GP sites, 223 hospital sites, seven giant vaccination centres and 200 community pharmacies delivering the vaccine.
Everyone should have a vaccination available within 10 miles, he said.
He added that 1.26 million people have been vaccinated in England, 13,000 in Scotland 49,000 in Wales and 46,000 in Northern Ireland – nearly 1.5 million people in the UK.
By the end of this month he said he hoped to have offered every elderly care home resident a vaccine.
Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive, said the pressures on the NHS are real and growing. The number of Covid patients in hospital is growing “very, very rapidly”.
He added that if people in the top four priority groups get vaccinated, that should prevent the vast majority of Covid deaths.
The UK has vaccinated more people than countries like Germany and France, he said but the target was challenging and would require supply to expand.
They have to expand supply. But the supply is expanding, he says.
Most vaccinations would take place at GP practices, where GPs will vaccinate their local patients, while hospital hubs and larger vaccination centres, which will work seven days a week, with extended hours, would also be used.
He referenced Israel’s successful vaccination programme, which has operated through large vaccination centres. But the UK’s geography meant a mixed approach should work better, he said.
Over 80,000 people have been trained on these vaccinations, he says. Some 18,000 of them have already started work. St John Ambulance have contributed volunteers, while the armed forces would also be involved.