BRITS will be able to get a Covid jab 24/7, Boris Johnson vowed yesterday.
The PM pledged to set up round-the-clock vaccination centres “as soon as we can” — and hailed The Sun’s Jabs Army drive, urging 450,000 civil servants to join to help the roll-out.
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It came as a daily record of 1,564 UK coronavirus deaths was announced.
Some 400,000 Brits a day could soon get jabs as Covid vaccines are doled out round-the-clock, Government sources said yesterday.
The PM vowed doses will be rolled out day and night as a huge stream of vaccines become available.
Boris said the vaccination process was already going “exceptionally fast” but “at the moment the limit is on supply”.
He told the Commons: “We have a huge network — 233 hospitals, 1,000 GP surgeries, 200 pharmacies and 50 mass vaccination centres.”
He promised there is a “big, big stream” of vaccines coming, and vowed to set up 24/7 vaccine centres “as soon as we can”.
The pledge came as the NHS started to set up pilot schemes where healthcare workers on night shifts can get the jab.
Night-time vaccinations started last month in Israel, where up to 150,000 people a day got the jab before New Year’s Eve.
Last night a YouGov poll found 43 per cent of Brits would be willing to get the jab between midnight and 6am.
More than half said they would take a late-night slot.
Despite yesterday's grim landmark, Mr Johnson said we are seeing “the beginning of some signs” that lockdown is working.
But he warned “these are early days” as he pleaded with the public to obey the rules.
Hospitals are under “immense strain” with 36,489 Covid patients, although confirmed new cases yesterday fell to 47,525.
Officials last night confirmed the UK has enough doses to offer 13 million jabs by mid-February.
‘Sign up for a return to normal life’
By Boris Johnson
ON Monday, we published our plan to vaccinate as many people, as quickly as possible, across the UK.
This is a huge logistical challenge but we are already making strong progress.
More than two million people in England have been vaccinated so far, including more than a quarter of care home residents and a third of over-80s.
More than 1,000 vaccination sites are open across the country and we will soon be protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people every single day.
We’re on track to offer 15million of the most vulnerable people the jab by mid-February and then to all adults over 50 by spring.
But this will be the biggest vaccination campaign in NHS history — and a monumental national effort such as this requires each one of us to do what we can to help.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still.
That includes public sector workers of all stripes who have kept essential services running during the pandemic and the dedicated and hard-working civil servants serving the public every day.
There are deeply challenging weeks ahead.
Covid cases are putting huge pressure on the health service.
We are once again demanding everyone stay at home in order to stop its spread and protect our NHS.
But every day, vaccines move a step further ahead in their race with the virus; a further step towards protecting the public, and defeating Covid.
Volunteers will accelerate our vaccination programme.
So sign up if you can and help the country return to normal life again.
A Government source said: “We’re in a good place and have enough to meet our pledge, with supply continuously improving.
“We are already vaccinating more than 200,000 a day and are nowhere near capacity.
"If things go smoothly we could well be doing 400,000 a day — three million a week — by the start of February.”
The PM hinted to MPs that batches of vaccines earmarked to be given out later this year may be brought forward and replaced when others get approval.
The Vaccine Minister also said more than two million Brits a week will be getting the jab by the end of the month.
If things go smoothly we could well be doing 400,000 jabs a day.
Nadhim Zahawi admitted initial supplies had been “lumpy” but he now had “line of sight” of deliveries to the end of February.
He told the Science and Technology Committee “this idea that we are sitting on lots of stock is not true”.
AstraZeneca, which developed a jab with the University of Oxford, said the UK has 1.1 million doses for use.
The firm said it will supply two million each week by the middle of February and may be able to go above that by April.
How to sign up
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
You will then receive an email with log-in details to sign up online.
Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM app on a smartphone which will match you to a role in your area.
Services will be opening in the coming days and weeks, with different areas up and running at different times, so you might not be required on site for some weeks. Not everyone who signs up will need to be called upon.
You need to commit to only two six-hour shifts a month at a vaccination service, and no prior experience or qualifications are required.
You will work as part of a team that will include NHS staff and volunteers. The Royal Voluntary Service will conduct appropriate background checks.
Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
Tom Keith-Roach, president of AstraZeneca UK, told MPs: “We are scaling up very rapidly, and this will happen imminently, to releasing two million doses a week.
"We’re absolutely on track to do that and therefore deliver tens of millions of doses in the first quarter of the year.
“If we average two million a week through the course of the year, that gets us to the 100 million doses that we’re committed to the UK through 2021.”
Supermarkets are also joining in, with Asda becoming the first major retailer to start offering the jabs later this month.
The NHS also plans to massively expand the number of pharmacies taking part, following widespread criticism.
Boots and Superdrug will be first from today, with 70 more chemists booking for next week.
People could also get jabs at gyms under plans about to be signed off by NHS England.
PureGyms, which has 270 sites in the UK, aims to dish out 5,000 a week, starting in Coventry.
A Government spokesperson said: “The UK has already vaccinated more people than any other country in Europe. And we are mobilising the Government, NHS and our armed forces as part of a massive national effort.
“Our supply and deliveries will support the vaccination of the top four Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation groups by February 15.”
- Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
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