Three million vaccines against the coronavirus have now been administered, the Secretary of Health has revealed.
It comes after GPs were offered a bonus of £ 30 for every nursing home resident they vaccinate before the end of the week.
Matt Hancock tweeted that he was “thrilled” with the news, adding: “We are accelerating the rollout of the Covid vaccine across the UK. “
GP-run centers that administer the vaccine will receive a premium of £ 30 for each home vaccination given this week and £ 20 for each vaccine given next week.
But in two weeks the rate will drop back to £ 10 per dose, along with a service charge of £ 12.58, according to NHS England.
Matt Hancock tweeted that he was “delighted” with the news: “We are accelerating the deployment of the Covid vaccine across the UK”
There are currently 300,000 nursing home residents and 500,000 residential caregivers in the UK and all 20 vaccines given to older nursing home residents can save one death, according to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization .
This is because it was revealed that people previously infected with coronavirus have more protection against re-infection five months later than people receiving the Oxford vaccine, and the same level of immunity as that provided by Pfizer. jab.
Data from PHE’s SIREN study, which tracks more than 20,000 healthcare workers at more than 100 sites across Britain, looked at how many of the study group’s NHS staff caught the virus over once.
This comes as it was revealed that people previously infected with the coronavirus have more protection against reinfection five months later than people receiving the Oxford vaccine, and the same level of immunity provided by the Pfizer jab
A total of 6,614 workers were infected with the virus at the start of 2020, either through antibody tests, PCR swabs or clinical evaluation based on symptoms.
Only 44 people in this group later tested positive for the coronavirus following reinfection.
PHE scientists say this means that a previous infection provides 83% protection against re-infection and also reduces the likelihood of developing symptoms and serious illness.
Meanwhile, England could escape tougher lockdown measures for the time being after Chief Scientist Patrick Vallance suggested current measures were ‘sufficient’ to control the mutant strain of Covid and Neil Ferguson pointed to a “Plateau” in hospital admissions.
Boris Johnson is on the verge of not tightening the rules despite the surge in deaths and Nicola Sturgeon imposing additional brakes on Scotland as a heat map of the outbreak in the country suggests the situation is starting to improve.
After the UK recorded its deadliest toll with 1,564 victims, Sir Patrick warned last night that the UK was in a ‘pretty dark period’ as deaths would not fall for ‘a few weeks’.
But he also said the case rate was more encouraging, with a four-day streak of week-to-week falls. Government data shows that many parts of England have turned ‘green’ in the week leading up to January 8, meaning cases are on the decline – although there are also worrying ‘hot spots’ such as parts of the northwest.
Sir Patrick said: “I think what we know now, that we didn’t know a few weeks ago, would these types of restrictions be enough to get this virus under control with the new variant? And the answer is yes, it looks like it does, and at least things are flattening out in some places, not everywhere.
Professor Ferguson – whose modeling is said to have triggered the first lock in March – said this morning that the growth rate was slowing nationally and that in some parts of the NHS there were “signs of capping”.
Boris Johnson warns that a THIRD strain of Covid could head to UK
Boris Johnson has claimed No10 is “taking action” to protect the UK from a Brazilian variant of Covid which experts say is similar to the highly contagious strains of Kent and South Africa.
The PM revealed officials were looking for ways to prevent the variant found in travelers from Brazil arriving in Tokyo, Japan – but avoided questions of whether Britain would adopt a travel ban.
Addressing MPs, he said: “We are concerned about the new Brazilian variant.
“We already have tough measures, as you know, to stop new infections coming from abroad. We are taking steps to do so in response to the Brazilian variation.
Scientists working in Britain have yet to announce any cases of the coronavirus caused by the variant on British soil.
It is normal for viruses to mutate and the first signs do not suggest that any of the newer variants of the coronavirus are deadlier than others, but in some places it is evolving so that it can spread faster.
If the virus spreads faster, it will inevitably lead to more cases, which in turn will lead to a higher number of deaths, even if the strain itself is not more dangerous.
The variant that emerged in Kent, now estimated to be around 56% more transmissible than its predecessor, quickly became the dominant form of the virus in England and led to the country’s longest and most difficult lockdown since March 2020 .
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