Public Health England (PHE) is also today publishing the surveillance strategy for the COVID-19 vaccine programme which sets out how data from surveillance is used to analyse vaccine effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 and severe disease, as well as the impact of the vaccination programme on the population as a whole.
How do you use the NHS Covid vaccination booking service?
Across the country another 489 people have died in the last day from Covid-19 and the numbers of new infections are still rapidly increasing.
The most risky time of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain is yet to come before vaccine rollout has an impact, Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty warned Monday.
© Provided by The i The ExCel centre in London is one of the mass vaccination hubs (Photo: Reuters) Where are the Covid mass vaccination centres?
There are already nearly 1,000 vaccination sites across the country.
Over 2 million people in the United Kingdom have now been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines since the vaccination programme began.
"Anybody who is not shocked by the number of people in hospital who are seriously ill at the moment and who are dying over the course of this pandemic, I think, has not understood this at all". NHS England has confirmed that the first 130,000 letters inviting the over-80s to sign up for a jab at the seven mass-vaccinations centres have been sent.
The UK has led the world in procuring, authorising and deploying vaccines and I am confident that, working closely with manufacturers, we are ready and able to meet the government's target for vaccinations. If an appointment has already been offered by the GP, people can choose which appointment suits them best.
The new centres - including at a football stadium and a tennis club - will be joined later this week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200, NHS England said.
As well as these volunteers, NHS Responders coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service will also be providing volunteers to be stewards who play a crucial role in help people through the centre, improving the patient journey.
Who can get the vaccine?
This will mean every at-risk person has easy access to a vaccination centre, regardless of where they live.
There are no walk-in sessions.
Whilst the NHS appreciates it can be frustrating, health workers are reminding member of the public that it is not possible to just turn up at the centre and receive the injection.
It is now advising that you should use the tool if you have already received a letter inviting you to book your vaccination appointments.
Around two million people across the United Kingdom have now received their first dose of a vaccine, with an exact figure to be given later on Monday.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the programme is now prioritising those most vulnerable of dying from coronavirus, but that police officers, teachers and other critical workers will be in the "highest category of phase two".