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These are the first 50 hospitals in the UK to receive the coronavirus vaccine



LONDON, UK - 05 DECEMBER: NHS pharmaceutical technicians at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate a Pfizer vaccine preparation to support staff training ahead of launch, on December 5, 2020 in London, UK.  (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Vaccines will be given to vulnerable age groups first. (Getty)

The first 50 hospitals to distribute coronavirus vaccines across the UK in the coming weeks have been announced.

As part of the government’s planned vaccine rollout, injections will be given to high-risk patients in 50 hospitals initially before they become available at other centers.

Patients aged 80 years and over who have been admitted to the hospital as outpatients are first in line to receive the vaccine.

And hospitals have started working with nursing homes to book appointments for over 80s.

LONDON, UK - 05 DECEMBER: Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of its launch, on December 5, 2020 in London, UK.  (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate administering the Pfizer vaccine. (Getty)

The following hospitals will be the first to provide vaccines from next week onwards;

  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

  • Milton Keynes University Hospital, NHS Trust Foundation

  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

  • James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

  • Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust Foundation

  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

  • The NHS Guy and St Thomas Trust Foundation

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust

  • King’s College NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

  • NHS Foundation Trust Danish Hill King Hospital

  • Princess Royal University Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Hospital

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital, NHS Trust Foundation

  • The NHS Foundation Trust’s Sherwood Forest Hospital

  • Coventry University Hospital and Warwickshire NHS Trust

  • Royal Stoke Hospital Northampton NHS Trust General Hospital

  • Derby University Hospital and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

  • United Lincolnshire NHS Trust Hospital

  • Nottingham University Hospital, NHS Trust

  • Shrewsbury And Telford NHS Trust Hospital

  • Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust Teaching Hospital

  • North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

  • Hull NHS Trust University Hospital of Teaching

  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Leeds Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust

  • Wirral University South Tees NHS Trust Teaching Hospital

  • Liverpool University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust

  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

  • Blackpool Trust Teaching Hospital of Lancashire Teaching Hospital

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Wexham Park Hospital

  • Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • East Kent Hospital NHS Trust Foundation

  • William Harvey Hospital, Brighton University Hospital and Sussex NHS Trust

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • Portsmouth University Hospital Trust

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Trust Foundation

  • Dorset County NHS Foundation Trust Regional Hospital

  • Royal Cornwall NHS Trust Hospital

  • Plymouth NHS Trust University Hospital

  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

  • North Bristol NHS Trust

Vaccine distribution throughout the UK is carried out by Public Health England and the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through a system specially adapted from that used for national immunization programs.

NHS England said its staff was working all weekend to prepare for the launch.

Logistical problems mean that it is difficult to deliver injections to residents, as the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine needs to be stored at minus 70C before thawing and can only be transferred four times in the cold chain before use.

Vaccine boxes containing 975 doses need to be split in order to be transported to a nursing home.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “Despite the enormous complexity, the hospital will start the first phase of the largest-scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history starting Tuesday.

Watch: Vaccines will be rolled out across the UK from Tuesday onwards

“The first phase of vaccine delivery will land in the hospital on Monday in readiness.

“The NHS has a strong record of delivering large-scale vaccination programs – from flu shots, HPV vaccines, and life-saving MMR shots – hardworking staff will again face the challenge of protecting the most vulnerable of this terrible disease.”

Meanwhile, health secretary Matt Hancock said: “This coming week will be a historic moment when we start vaccinating against COVID-19.

“We prioritize the most vulnerable first, and those over their 80s, nursing home staff and NHS colleagues will all be among the first to receive the vaccine.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure we can overcome the significant challenge of vaccinating nursing home residents as quickly as possible.

“I urge everyone to play their part in suppressing this virus and following local boundaries to protect the NHS while they are doing this important work.”


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