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Sheffield hospital chosen as one of the first to roll out Covid vaccine

Written by 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

  1. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  2. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
  3. Cambridge University Hospitals
  4. Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  5. Countess of Chester Hospital
  6. Croydon University Hospital
  7. Dartford and Gravesham Hospitals
  8. Dorset County Hospitals
  9. East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals
  10. East Kent Hospitals
  11. East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals
  12. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Gloucestershire Hospitals
  14. Great Western Hospitals
  15. Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust
  16. James Paget University Hospitals
  17. Kings College Hospital
  18. Princess Royal University Hospital, Kings
  19. Lancashire Teaching Hospital
  20. Leeds Teaching Hospital
  21. Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
  22. Liverpool University Hospitals
  23. Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  24. Mid and South Essex Hospitals
  25. Milton Keynes University Hospital
  26. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  27. Northampton General Hospital
  28. North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  29. North West Anglia Foundation Trust
  30. Nottingham University Hospitals
  31. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  32. Portsmouth Hospital University
  33. Royal Cornwall Hospitals
  34. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  35. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  36. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  37. Sherwood Forest Hospitals
  38. Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
  39. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  40. St George’s University Hospitals
  41. The Newcastle Upon Type Hospitals
  42. University College Hospitals
  43. University Hospitals Birmingham
  44. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
  45. University Hospitals Derby Burton
  46. University Hospitals of North Midlands
  47. University Hospitals Plymouth
  48. United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  49. Walsall Healthcare
  50. West Hertfordshire Hospitals
  51. Wirral University Teaching Hospital
  52. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
  53. 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.”