Saturday, 23 January, 2021


Greater Manchester's mass COVID-19 vaccination centre opens

Health Secretary Matt Hancock Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2021, 07:07

Vaccinations against coronavirus are to be ramped up as mass injection centres open but pleas have been made to the public to stick to the lockdown rules to prevent avoidable deaths.

And even the good news that two million people have been vaccinated has been soured by reported shortages of the vaccine in some hospitals.

The government is aiming to offer vaccinations to around 15 million people in the United Kingdom - the over-70s, older care home residents and staff, frontline healthcare workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable - by mid-February.

He also said that the new strain of the virus is putting the NHS under "immense pressure", and people should limit their social interactions.

NHS staff and volunteers have began administering covid-19 vaccines at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, as part of the latest stage in the government's vaccination programme.

And for those outside of this catchment, in highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.

The UK will go through the "most risky time" of the pandemic in the weeks before vaccine rollout has an impact.

People should wait until they are invited and should not call their GP but use the booking line.

More than 370,000 people in England have received two doses of a Covid vaccine, according to NHS data, despite ministers and scientists previously saying that first doses were going to be prioritised.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock

"It's been phenomenal to see our extensive preparations come to fruition and from tomorrow the public will also be able to see exactly how we will ensure they and their loved ones get the vaccine as quickly as possible". The JCVI will consider all available evidence for phase 2 recommendations of the vaccination programme. Ali Webster, PhD, RD, and director of research and nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council, says it's still too soon to determine whether or not the vitamin could help lower your risk of experiencing adverse COVID-19 symptoms."There are plausible biological mechanisms for it doing so, and low levels of B6 in the body are associated with a weakened immune system", she says.

By this point, several published research papers and clinical trials have shown that vitamins D and C, as well as minerals such as zinc and magnesium, may reduce the severity of symptoms in COVID-19 patients.

Asked if life would ever return to normal, Whitty said: "I am confident we will go back to life as it was before at some point, that's not in doubt, that's the life we all want to lead".

The UK was the first nation to approve vaccines developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and by Pfizer/BioNTech, and last week it approved Moderna's shot.

In Scotland, the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is available in more than 1,000 locations from Monday.

The Government's UK Covid-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how it will deliver on its ambitions alongside the NHS and Armed Forces.

Letters are being sent out to people aged 80, inviting them to book an appointment.

There are already nearly 1,000 vaccination sites across the country.

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