Care home COVID vaccinations are being expanded in England this week following successful trials.
Pulse reported that NHS England has given the go-ahead for the wider roll-out of vaccinations following trials in seven areas last week.
The initial roll-out began in England along Scotland and Wales last week.
In a letter to primary care network (PCN) vaccination sites, medical director, Dr Nikki Kanani and director Ed Waller said the wider roll-out would begin from 21 December at vaccination sites.
The letter said: “During the last week, the first care home residents have been vaccinated, and supervised walk-throughs of the care home vaccination model have been underway, which included GP led pack down of vaccine to take in to care homes. It has been successful for the care homes and the local vaccination sites involved. Care home residents have welcomed the opportunity to receive the vaccine.
“Over the next few days we will initiate the delivery of the vaccine through local vaccination services to care home residents and their staff, starting with larger care homes. The roll out will begin during week commencing 21 December through Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 LVS sites, followed in short order by local vaccination service sites in later waves.”