Vaccine rollout could be ‘decisive turning point’ says health boss


The first vaccinations will mark a “decisive turning point in the battle against coronavirus”, NHS England’s chief executive has said on the eve of the jab being rolled out.

People in the UK will begin to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday.

NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens said vaccinations would continue “at least until next spring” and warned people to be “very careful” in the meantime.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted all parts of the UK had vaccine doses.

Front-line health staff, those aged over 80, and care home workers will be first in line for the vaccine.

In England, 50 hospitals have been initially chosen to serve as hubs for administering it.

Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will also begin their vaccination programmes from hospitals on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Royal Free Hospital in London ahead of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Sir Simon said: “Tomorrow is the beginning of the biggest vaccination campaign in our history, building on successes from previous campaigns against conditions [and] diseases like polio, meningitis, and tuberculosis. US SPREAD GOOD NEWS!

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