Hospitals have been told to prepare for the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine in in England in as little as 10 days.
Staff within the NHS will be the first to receive the injection.
The vaccine, produced by Pfizer/BioNTech could be delivered to hospitals as soon as Monday, December 7, reports the Mirror.
This exact date depends on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approving it in time.
An NHS source told the Mirror: “We are expecting it within the next two weeks, they have identified how much is coming and where to.
“They’re currently working out how to get it to the staff within 5 days.”
Care home residents and those aged 80 and older will have to wait, news which has angered care sector chiefs as care home residents and over-80s were previously identified by the government as the top priority.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said in September that the older people in care homes and staff should be prioritised.
But as the vaccine can only be taken out of minus 70C four times between leaving the factory where it is made in Belgium and being injected into a patient’s arm, it’s thought that NHS staff are the natural choice for first in line.
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab with the expectation of 10 million doses by the end of the year.
There are also 100 million doses of a vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University on order, where low temperatures are not required.
The Oxford vaccine is also currently with the MHRA for approval.