UP to one million Brits a day are to be vaccinated against Covid in a record-breaking push to beat the virus.
The NHS is poised to recruit more than 40,000 extra workers to roll out the jabs.
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Firefighters will join a specially trained army of 40,000 extra workers recruited to roll out Pfizer jabs at record speed — with up to one million a day forecast.
NHS bosses will target retired doctors and nurses to help, as well as other workers with first-aid skills, such as firefighters, PCSOs and members of the Armed Forces.
Trainee medics and nurses, as well as other frontline health workers, will also be called upon under the radical new drive to beat the virus.
All will receive specialist training before delivering the Pfizer vaccine to Brits — supported by an additional 30,000-strong army of St John Ambulance volunteers.
Every major city will get a dedicated mass vaccination centre, with 50 initially planned in Nightingale hospitals, sports arenas and town halls.
A further 1,000 smaller Covid immunisation sites will be dotted across England.
NHS bosses want every GP practice to be able to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to patients in the long-term, according to details leaked to the Health Service Journal.
The ambitious blueprint to immunise Brits at record-breaking speed could be unveiled as early as today.
A Government source told The Sun: “There will be a major push to recruit thousands of workers with first-aid skills, such as firefighters and police community support officers, as well as retired doctors and nurses.
“The idea is at the peak of deployment, the NHS will have capacity to vaccinate one million people a day.”
US drugs giant Pfizer will seek approval for its jab from UK regulators within days after data revealed that it is 95 per cent effective.
Updated trial results showed it works just as well in older people and had no major safety concerns.
The NHS will have capacity to vaccinate one million people a day.
Approval rests with the UK regulator, MHRA, with a decision expected by the end of the month.
Britain has ordered 40 million doses, with officials expecting at least five million to be delivered by Christmas – enough to vaccinate 2.5million people.
Priority is expected to be given to elderly care home residents, followed by frontline health workers.
Who will get the first Covid vaccines?
THE Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has examined data on who suffers the worst outcomes from coronavirus and who is at highest risk of death.
Its interim guidance, which assumes the jab is safe and effective in all groups, says the order of priority should be:
- Older adults in a care home and care home workers
- All those aged 80 and over and health and social care workers, though they may move up the list
- Anyone 75 and over
- People aged 70 and over
- All those aged 65 and over
- High-risk adults under 65
- Moderate-risk adults under 65
- All those aged 60 and over
- All those 55 and over
- All those aged 50 and over
- The rest of the population, with priority yet to be determined.
The JCVI said the prioritisation could change if the first jab were not deemed suitable for, or effective in, older adults.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will finalise the details of who comes first once a jab is approved.
The news comes as Pfizer boss Albert Bourla said there is now “light at the end of the tunnel” — and life may return to normal by summer.
The company has already produced 20 million doses of the vaccine and will ship the jab within “a couple of hours” of regulatory approval.
RAF aircraft are ready to fly the vaccines in from abroad — including Pfizer’s site in Belgium — once the green light is given.
Mr Bourla said last night: “I believe that the second half of 2021 will be a very different experience for a lot of us.
“I think, if we will be able to vaccinate, we can go back to normal life.”
Another vaccine from US firm Moderna was shown to be almost 95 per cent effective earlier this week.
Britain has secured five million doses to be delivered next spring.
Results of the jab developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca are also expected within weeks, with 100million doses already on order.
A Government spokesperson said: “The independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will carry out its crucial work to assess whether the Pfizer vaccine meets robust standards of safety, effectiveness and quality once it receives the full data from the company.
“The NHS stands ready to roll out an approved vaccine to those most in need.”
The Sun says
WE did wonder how the Government would vaccinate tens of millions. Now we know.
The fire brigade — plus an army of other first-aiders and full-time medics.
It’s good to see someone using their imagination to pull off one of the biggest logistical challenges in decades.
After all, it’s all hands to the pump.
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