First Covid vaccine jabs to be administered in UK on Tuesday

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Brits who are eligible will be given the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as soon as Tuesday, an NHS boss revealed.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said immunisation will be "a marathon, it's not a sprint", as he told BBC Breakfast: "We're looking forward to the race starting on Tuesday."

The UK government has ordered 40 million doses of the jab, which will be enough to vaccinated 20 million Brits.

It’s understood the first lorry loads of the historic drug have already been trucked onto British shores.

Mr Hopson said the NHS is figuring out how man care home residents, staff and over 80s they can get to.

He said: “Each one of those groups has a different set of characteristics in terms of the logistical difficulty of doing the vaccination," he said, pointing out that the vaccine needs to be transported at minus 70C.

"Think of a large pizza box, is the way that we're describing it, that's got to be stored in a fridge at minus 70C.

"To be frank, the only way you can really do that at the moment is to store them inside NHS hospital hubs.

"You can only move them four times, and you have to ensure that the two doses are administered three weeks apart, so it's quite complex.

"So, what we're going to be doing is, hospitals are at the moment talking to care home providers to say how can we get your staff to come into those hospital hubs so we can inject them."

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