SOMERSET will soon be receiving its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines after Yeovil District Hospital was chosen as one of 53 hubs in England to co-ordinate delivery of jabs.
The first jabs are likely to be given from early next week, with people over 80 and care home staff the first people to be inoculated in hospitals.
The news comes after the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for clinical use.
Large vaccination centres will be set up – the Army has already been preparing Ashton Gate, in Bristol, for mass vaccinations of people in and around the city, including North Somerset.
Staff are currently being recruited to administer the jabs locally with Taunton Racecourse a likely venue for a vaccination centre. People will be given two doses, 21 days apart.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “As we know from earlier announcements, this vaccine is effective.”
The NHS priority list for people to receive the jab is:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers;
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers;
- all those 75 years of age and over;
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals;
- all those 65 years of age and over;
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality;
- all those 60 years of age and over;
- all those 55 years of age and over;
- all those 50 years of age and over.
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99 per cent of preventable mortality from Covid-19.