HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 03 March 2021

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NHS planning for “substantial increased supply” in vaccines
Emily Lawson, NHS Chief Commercial Officer & Dr Nikita Kanani, Medical Director for Primary Care, 02 March

In a letter to NHS systems, NHSE&I has set out the next steps for the COVID-19 vaccination deployment programme.

The letter urged local systems to use recent guidance and other interventions to ensure all eligible frontline health and social care workers, the clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable, as well as unpaid carers and those aged 60 and over are offered a vaccination.

According to the letter, second dose delivery is already underway and national supplies for second doses will be distributed in the usual way.

From 11 March, the NHS is reportedly expecting vaccine supply to increase substantially and be sustained at a higher level for several weeks. Therefore, from the week of 15 March, NHSE&I are asking systems to plan and support all vaccination centres and local vaccination services to deliver around twice the level of vaccine available in the week of 01 March.

Delivery models will shortly receive supply notifications for the week of 08 March, with minimal allocations of new vaccine expected, as well as advanced notification of anticipated supply for the week of 15 March, which is expected to be much higher.

You can read the letter in full here.


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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 03 March 2021

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