Coronavirus: Hospitals told to be ready for COVID-19 vaccine by month-end

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London hospitals were told to get ready to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the month.

It would first be distributed to care home residents, people over 80 and healthcare workers.

READ: London hospitals told to be ready to receive AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

According to The Mail on Sunday, Jon Findlay, head of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, told managers and executive that the jab could arrive in the next three weeks.

It would be given in two doses three to four weeks apart, and at least seven days on from the flu vaccine.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ and the King’s College Hospital in South London would become vaccine hubs in the capital.

There are also plans to create Nightingale vaccination centres, while over 500 sites will be identified as part of the plan and become operational by December.

The Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park, Woking Leisure Centre in Surrey and Leeds Town Hall have thus far been identified as potential hubs.

Two weeks ago, it emerged that London hospitals had been told to stand by to receive the first batches of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca PLC (LON:AZN) as early as November.

A major London hospital trust was also told to put other clinical trials on hold so it could get ready to vaccinate health workers.

However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock had said this speedy timeline was not his “central expectation” though he did not rule it out.

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