The UK Covid-19 vaccination programme is set to begin early next week after the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.
The government has set out 50 NHS trusts which are ready and equipped to begin the vaccination process.
The University hospitals of North Midlands is set to be one of the first 50 NHS trusts to begin administering the vaccine from next week.
The first people likely to receive the vaccine are health and care staff, those over 80 and people who live in care homes.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said
“I am delighted to confirm that the NHS will be able to start vaccinating from early next week.
The whole purpose of the vaccine is to protect people from covid so we can get our lives back to normal. So, we will prioritise the groups who are at greatest risk.
This morning, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has published its advice, setting out the order of priority according to that clinical need.
This includes care home residents and their carers, the over-80s, and the frontline health and social care workers.
We will deliver according to clinical prioritisation and operational necessity because the need to hold the vaccine at minus-70 makes this vaccine particularly challenging to deploy.
While we will begin vaccination next week, the bulk of the vaccinations will be in the new year. But I would urge anyone called forward for vaccination by the NHS to respond quickly, to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”