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MetiNews.Com - The current lockdown is likely to end when over 60s have been vaccinated, but health officials are already thinking about future years

Birmingham news Covid vaccinations could use patches posted to every home MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The current lockdown is likely to end when over 60s have been vaccinated, but health officials are already thinking about future years

Birmingham news  Covid vaccinations could use patches posted to every home MetiNews.Com
13 January 2021 - 15:15

Breaking News ! When will the lockdown end? Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested this week that restrictions would be lifted in earnest once everyone over the age of 60 had been vaccinated. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, he re-iterated the Government’s goal of ensuring the most vulnerable people, including everyone aged 70 or over, is vaccinated by February 15. He said 88% of those who have died so far are in this most vulnerable group. But asked when restrictions would end, he said the bulk of those becoming extremely ill and requiring hospital treatment were over 60 - even if people aged between 60 and 70 had lower death rates than the over-70s. The implication was that once the over 60s have had their jabs, society can open up again. At the same time, however, the Government believes coronavirus may never really go away. Officials believe vaccinations may become an annual event, and have been thinking about how they can be rolled out in future years. Read More Related Articles Government reveals cost of Birmingham's 'Nightingale' Covid hospital, which still hasn't been used Read More Related Articles Election for West Midlands Mayor could be delayed again as Government considers poll safety This could mean coronavirus vaccines are delivered to every home in the form of a patch that people apply themselves. Kate Bingham, Former Chair of the Government’s Vaccine Taskforce, said a patch was one option of it became clear that a fresh Covid-19 vaccination was required every year. She was responding to questioning from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, included West Bromwich MP Shaun Bailey. Ms Bingham said: “Some of the things that we have put in place, from the Vaccine Taskforce, are to think about how we can improve the manufacturing, the scale-up and, fundamentally, the actual vaccine formats. “At the moment, they require needles. We have two doses. They require cold chains. They require healthcare professionals to administer. None of those are ideal for vaccines if they need to be given repeatedly.” MPs questioned health officials about the supply of vaccines in the UK, and about plans for future years if coronavirus vaccines needed to be re-applied. Experts are currently uncertain how long vaccinations will provide protection for. Read More Related Articles Thousands of West Midlands jobs at risk unless region secures a car battery 'gigafactory' Read More Related Articles Health Secretary Matt Hancock publishes vaccination plan revealing when everyone will get a jab Ms Bingham said future vaccines could be administered in a patch, orally, in a buccal form - which means in a pouch placed between the gums and the cheek - or “a patch that you can just get sent in the post, and that will basically then protect you for whatever period it may be.” Sarah Munby, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Enterprise, Innovation and Skills, said the Government was looking at ways of ensuring vaccine supplies were available every year if needed. She said: “We are absolutely thinking about the fact that annual vaccinations may be required. It is too early to say whether they will be or not. We have plenty of doses to be getting on with, not only for this year, but likely for next year as well.” Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, stressed that while there reasons to be optimistic about the future, the present situation is as serious as it has ever been.

. That is up by 13,000 just since Christmas day. In London, perhaps one in 30 people has the coronavirus; in parts of London, it may be twice that number. If you look across other regions of England, the issue is that coronavirus is once again on the rise. In Merseyside, for example, in just the last week there has been a further 50% increase in the number of covid hospitalisations. This is a very serious moment for the country and for the national health service.” Read More Related Articles Labour leader Keir Starmer calls for u-turn over plans for massive council tax increase Read More Related Articles 'We are raring to go' - Community pharmacists urge government to let them provide Covid vaccine While Sir Simon focused on other parts of the country, infection rates in some parts of the West Midlands are striking. In the borough of Sandwell, 3.9% of the population currently have coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s one in 26 people. Sandwell has the worst infection rate in the region, but it’s high elsewhere too. In Birmingham it’s 2.21%, or one in 45 people. In Solihull it’s 1.85%, or one in 54 people. Talking about the current wave of vaccinations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that NHS will launch a round-the-clock service as soon as possible. The Prime Minister said the process of protecting people from coronavirus was already going “exceptionally fast” but “at the moment the limit is on supply” of the vaccine. “We will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can,” he told MPs. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details “in due course”, Mr Johnson said. At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said: “At the moment the limit is on supply, we have a huge network – 233 hospitals, 1,000 GP surgeries, 200 pharmacies and 50 mass vaccination centres and they are going… exceptionally fast.” Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he understood that pilot 24-hour centres were not yet open to the public but there would be a “huge clamour”. The race to vaccinate millions of people a week comes with deaths and hospital admissions continuing to rise and pressure for a tougher lockdown increasing. Tuesday’s figures showed a further 1,243 people in the UK had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, with a further 45,533 cases being confirmed by labs.

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