AN NHS chief has promised there will be a “huge acceleration’ in the vaccination for Covid-19 over the coming weeks.
Speaking at the latest Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus, Chief Executive Officer Sir Simon Stevens, said there are 50% more Covid in-patients in hospital than during the peak of the first wave.
He said the numbers were growing rapidly and there has been an increase of 10,000 patients in hospital since Christmas Day.
Sir Simon said a challenging but “hugely important” vaccination goal had been set.
There needs to be a “huge acceleration” in the programme to reach the mid-February target – with more people vaccinated in the next 39 days than are usually vaccinated for flu in a five-month period.
Speeding it up will involve expanding the supply of vaccines to administer, getting more places providing the vaccinations, and also increasing the number of people and partnerships helping to “get the job done”, he said.
He said the “bulk” of the vaccinations would be carried out at GP surgeries and pharmacies, but that the number of hospital hubs and large-scale vaccination centres were also being increased.
So far, there are 80,000 people trained to vaccinate, 18,000 of whom have started work.