Local Covid vaccination centres will open in GP practices and community hubs this week
Hundreds of local vaccination centres all over England will begin providing Covid jabs this week.
Care home workers and residents, as well as those aged 80, are the first groups to be able to get vaccinated.
GP practices and community hubs will begin operating as community vaccination clinics, inviting eligible local residents to receive the jabs.
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When will clinics open?
Community vaccination clinics will start receiving deliveries of the vaccine today (14 Dec), with some likely to open their clinics this afternoon.
The majority of centres will begin offering the vaccination services on Tuesday (15 Dec) according to NHS England and NHS Improvement.
How will it work?
The vaccines will be administered by GPs, as well as other NHS staff, including nurses and pharmacists.
Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, professor Martin Marshall, said the vaccine rollout will be an “enormous challenge” to rollout the Covid vaccine alongside the expanded flu vaccine programme.
He also urged people to wait until they have been contacted about the vaccination.
He said, “Patients will be contacted and invited for vaccination - we would urge them not to contact their practice enquiring about vaccination, we will contact them.”
Where else are vaccines being administered?
A number of hospitals hubs began offering vaccinations last Tuesday (8 Dec).
Practising GP and NHS director of primary care, Dr Nikki Kanani, said, “This is the greatest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS, and to help vaccinate people safely we will be working with local communities to deliver it in convenient and familiar settings.
“As a GP, I am proud to be part of this huge national effort to protect our patients against the virus and I would urge the public to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine.”