Sheffield hospital chosen as one of the first to roll out Covid vaccine
Written by Rother Radio News on 02/12/2020
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals will be among the first UK hospitals to receive the Covid vaccine, according to a report seen by Sky News.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that there are 50 hospitals across the country which are set up to receive the Pfizer Biontech vaccine.
The vaccine, which will be ready for roll-out in the next few days, has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The head of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens confirmed in a Downing Street press conference this evening that yhe first coronavirus vaccine doses will be given to patients at 50 hospital hubs next week.
That list includes Sheffield and Leeds with people over 80 and care home staff set to get the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at hospitals from next week.
Sir Simon said: “Typically they may be people who were already down to come into hospital next week for an outpatient appointment.
“If you are going to be one of those people next or in the weeks that follow, the hospital will get in touch with you.
“You don’t need to do anything about it yourself.”
In a press conference earlier this morning, Dr June Raine, interim Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that the vaccine had been subject to the “most rigorous scientific assessment”.
She stressed that no corners had been cut in approving the Biontech vaccine, which will be offered first to those most at risk of dying from the disease.
Now, in a list seen by Sky News, the first 50 hospitals in England to roll-out the vaccine have been revealed, The Mirror reports.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is on the list as is Leeds Teaching Hospital.
Full list of hospitals to receive the vaccine
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
- Cambridge University Hospitals
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital
- Countess of Chester Hospital
- Croydon University Hospital
- Dartford and Gravesham Hospitals
- Dorset County Hospitals
- East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals
- East Kent Hospitals
- East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Gloucestershire Hospitals
- Great Western Hospitals
- Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust
- James Paget University Hospitals
- Kings College Hospital
- Princess Royal University Hospital, Kings
- Lancashire Teaching Hospital
- Leeds Teaching Hospital
- Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
- Liverpool University Hospitals
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- Mid and South Essex Hospitals
- Milton Keynes University Hospital
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
- Northampton General Hospital
- North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
- North West Anglia Foundation Trust
- Nottingham University Hospitals
- Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Portsmouth Hospital University
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals
- Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
- Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
- St George’s University Hospitals
- The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals
- University College Hospitals
- University Hospitals Birmingham
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
- University Hospitals Derby Burton
- University Hospitals of North Midlands
- University Hospitals Plymouth
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals
- Walsall Healthcare
- West Hertfordshire Hospitals
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital
- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
- Yeovil District Hospital
The first people to get the vaccine could now be vaccinated as early as next Monday.
It will first be offered to residents in a care home for older adults, and their carers; it will then be offered to those over the age of 80, alongside frontline health and social care workers.
This first priority phase will then continue down the ages, until everyone over the age of 50 – or those under the age of 50 and with certain health conditions – have been offered the vaccine.
The UK will be the first country in the world to have a clinically-authorised vaccine to roll out.
Mr Hancock said: “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.”
He said he’d spoken to health ministers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to share the news and plans for the rollout.
But he did say that it was not yet clear how much the vaccine stops people from transmitting the virus.
He said: “While we know that this vaccine protects you from getting ill with Covid – we don’t yet know how much it stops you transmitting Covid until we roll it out broadly.
“We will, of course, be monitoring that very carefully. Therefore, we will vaccinate according to protecting the people who need the protection most, according to those who are vulnerable from Covid.
“So, that is part of the plan. The plan is to get this rolled out, according to the clinical prioritisation that the advisers will set out.”