An extra 40,000 NHS staff are reportedly being drafted in to help (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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One million vaccines could be administered to Brits every day as the UK sets up dozens of mass vaccination sites.
As part of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, firefighters and an extra 40,000 NHS staff are reportedly being drafted in to help.
Retired nurses and doctors will be called in to help with the roll-out of the Pfizer jabs at record speed – along with support from PCSOs and the Armed Forces.
All support workers under the vaccination programme will be trained in delivering the vaccine and supported by an army of 30,000 St John Ambulance volunteers.
It follows reports of dozens of mass vaccination programmes being set up in the coming weeks, with plans to use empty NHS Nightingale Hospitals, sports centres, sporting arenas as well as thousands of GP surgeries.
The Armed Forces will be drafted in to help deliver the vaccines
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Every major city will be allocated a mass vaccination centre, along with a further 1,000 smaller immunisation sites throughout England.
A Government source told the Sun : "There will be a major push to recruit thousands of workers with first-aid skills, such as firefighters and police community support officers, as well as retired doctors and nurses.
"The idea is at the peak of deployment, the NHS will have capacity to vaccinate one million people a day."
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with at least five million to be delivered by Christmas.
NHS Nightingale Hospital will be used to deliver the vaccines
An extra 40,000 NHS staff are also being drafted to help deliver vaccines
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Priority will be given to care home residents and staff, allowing their families to visit after being separated since the start of the pandemic.
Yesterday, it was announced the latest trials of the University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine found it produces a strong immune response in older adults.
The vaccine has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and people over 70.
The University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine found it produces a strong immune response in older adults
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Phase two data, published in The Lancet, suggests one of the groups most vulnerable to serious illness and death from Covid-19 could build immunity, researchers say.
According to the researchers, volunteers in the trial demonstrated similar immune responses across all three age groups (18-55, 56-69, and 70 and over).
The study of 560 healthy adults – including 240 over the age of 70 – found the vaccine is better tolerated in older people compared with younger adults.
The UK has 100 million doses of the Oxford jab on order, enough to vaccinate almost the entire population, pending regulatory approval.
The Oxford findings come after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their vaccine candidate has shown 95% efficacy, with a 94% effectiveness in those aged 65 and over.