You may well have seen recently that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved, and is now being made available through the NHS.
The vaccine has passed rigorous testing and has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an independent body that gives the final decision on all vaccines in the UK.
What we know so far is that it will start to be given in hospitals as soon as it is available, and people most at risk of coronavirus will be vaccinated first.
This group is likely to include:
- people who live in care homes and care home workers
- people aged 80 and over
- health and social care workers in England
The practice will be involved in the vaccination programme; however there are a number of challenges:
The current vaccine supply is initially concentrated at large hospital sites and due to the nature of the vaccine, in particular its storage requirements, it is not portable.
Each vaccination manufacturer will impose different stipulations on storing and moving the vaccine.
The practice expects to be working alongside our neighbouring practices to share delivery of this vaccination programme.
We currently expect this service to be delivered at Crook Health Centre.
We will of course share updates with you as and when we can but please be prepared to attend an appointment for this vaccine at short notice. In the meantime, you can read more about the vaccine on the NHS website here.