The following notes have been designed to give you an overview of work around the Covid vaccine and what it means for Manchester people.
It also contains answers from David Regan, our Director of Public Health, in response to some of the questions or concerns that we have heard about in Manchester.
It’s also important to remember that the vaccine is part of a 3-way plan to help stop the spread of the virus -including testing and also the key Covid rules around hygiene, social distancing and face coverings.
From Tuesday Dec 8, the NHS began vaccinating patients against coronavirus in 50 hospital hubs across England.
People aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will be first to receive the covid-19 vaccination, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk.
Other priority groups will then follow in age and potential risk order.
This is very welcome news because having the vaccine will be the best way to protect the most vulnerable people from coronavirus and has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.
Vaccinations from hospitals in Manchester
For us in Manchester, patients aged 80 and above who are already attending Salford Royal Hospital or Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport as outpatients, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive covid-19 vaccine. All those who are vaccinated will have a second booster jab around 21 days later.
More hospitals will start vaccinating over the coming days as the vaccination programme progresses. This will include Manchester Royal Infirmary.