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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 11 June 2021

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UK supply of Pfizer vaccine tight but on track for targets – minister
Reuters, 11 June 2021

Reuters reports that the UK Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Development, Nadhim Zahawi, said supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N) vaccine for coronavirus would be “tight” over the next few weeks but that he was confident that the country’s immunisation targets would be met.

Additionally, he said: “I’m confident that Scotland will be able to meet the target of offering every adult at least one dose by the end of July as we will in England as well.”

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NHS England, 10 June 2021

NHS England outlines further actions it is taking to support PCN and Community Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination sites.

NHS England has acknowledged that Primary Care Network and Community Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination sites have played a significant role in the administration of over 58 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date.

In order to administer as many COVID-19 doses as quickly as supply allows to mitigate the risk of variants, it has set out the following actions:

  1. The NHS will provide an additional £20 million to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to support primary care providers to draw down additional staff through their lead employer to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme between 16 June and 14 July 2021.
  2. The NHS asks Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and ICSs to offer all possible support to primary care to bring forward second dose appointments in line with JCVI guidance.
  3. The NHS asks CCGs to seek to minimise any burden associated with locally commissioned services at this time where these do not support COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 related activities or recovery activities.
  4. The NHS is moving to a new allocations timetable to give vaccination providers earlier notice of vaccine supply. Currently, final vaccine schedules are issued 10 days in advance of the start of each vaccination week. As supply predictability has improved, going forward sites will be provided with the final weekly vaccine schedule 17 days prior to the start of the vaccination week. This should give sites more time to plan workforce and enable patients to book appointments further ahead than has been previously possible.

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UK supply of Pfizer vaccine tight but on track for targets -minister
Reuters, 11 June 2021

Britain’s vaccine minister said on Friday that supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N) vaccine for coronavirus would be “tight” over the next few weeks but that he was confident that the country’s immunisation targets would be met.

“It is tight,” vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Pfizer supplies when asked on LBC radio.

“I’m confident that Scotland will be able to meet the target of offering every adult at least one dose by the end of July as we will in England as well,” he added.

Britain said on Thursday that it would give at least 100 million surplus vaccines to the world’s poorest nations. Zahawi said the donations would not affect the domestic vaccine programme.

“No doses that are required for Scotland, for Northern Ireland, for Wales, for England are being taken away by our announcement (on donating vaccines),” Zahawi said.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 11 June 2021

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