The coronavirus vaccine will be given out at some Cambridgeshire hospitals following its launch next week, it’s been announced.
The Covid-19 jab which was given the go-ahead for use today (December 2) is the first vaccine approved for clinical use by regulators.
The Health Secretary said there will be “three modes of delivery” of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech, with hospitals, mass vaccination centres and GPs and pharmacists offering the jab to those most in need.
Matt Hancock confirmed: “Fifty hospitals across the country are already set up and waiting to receive the vaccine as soon as it’s approved, so that can now happen.”
And according to the Government’s list, Cambridge University Hospitals and North West Anglia Foundation Trust will be among the first 50 to get the vaccine, the Mirror reports.
The vaccine requires -70C storage conditions, meaning that premises can only support the vaccine rollout where they have those facilities.
That includes hospitals, vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacists, added Mr Hancock.
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine so far, with 5 million due by the end of the year.
The supply is enough to immunise 2.5 million people, and could start as early as next Monday (December 7).
Mr Hancock added: “We’re the first country in the world to have a clinically-authorised vaccine to roll out.”
He went on: “So from early next week we will start that programme of vaccinating people against Covid-19 here in this country.
“And as we know from earlier announcements, this vaccine is effective. The MHRA have approved it as clinically safe. And we have a vaccine, so it’s very good news.”
Mr Hancock confirmed vaccinations will start with priority groups, although it is unclear if he means care home residents will be vaccinated above all others.
He told BBC Breakfast:“I’m confident now with the news today that from spring, from Easter onwards, things are going to be better and we’re going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy.”
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is also in line for approval doesn’t require the cold storage, and so is operationally easier to roll out, he said.