Revealed: The 50 English hospitals beginning Pfizer Covid vaccinations next week

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More than 50 NHS England hospitals are ready to start administering the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from next week.

The list of sites was set out in a letter to trusts last month from Emily Lawson, NHS England's chief commercial officer, and Sue Harriman, chief operating officer of the Covid-19 vaccination deployment programme.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said hospitals were one of the "three modes of delivery" for the vaccination - alongside mass vaccination centres and community rollout via GPs and pharmacists.

The UK has so far ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, enough to immunise 20 million people.

ITV News got access to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, one of the hospitals that will be administering the vaccine first.

Mark Easter, Director of Pharmacy, said the hospital had to buy a new specialist freezer for the vaccine, as it has to be stored at minus 70C.

He said the vaccine comes in 975 dose packs and all have to removed at once and then left to thaw for three hours.

Two nurses demonstrating the vaccination process

After that, all 975 doses have to be transported to a ward, where it is again refrigerated, before being put into a syringe for injection.

Each step in the process lowers the shelf life of the vaccine and any delays could waste the injection so a quick and smooth procedure is vital.

Elderly residents in care homes, who were at the top of the priority list, will no longer be the first to receive the jabs due to difficulties in storing and transporting the vaccine.

University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire is planning on providing their at-risk medical staff, local care home staff and vulnerable patients the vaccine first.

Due to the speed at which the vaccine has moved from approval to rollout many hospitals are still working out exactly how and who they will offer jabs to.

Here is the list of the 53 NHS England hospitals ready to start Covid vaccinations next week:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Croydon University Hospital NHS Trust

  • Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust

  • Dorset County Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

  • East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (Colchester Hospital)

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust

  • James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Kings College Hospital - Princess Royal University Hospital

  • Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust

  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mid and South Essex Hospitals Trust

  • Milton Keynes University Hospital

  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

  • North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

  • North West Anglia Foundation Trust

  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Portsmouth Hospital University Trust

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS FT

  • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • University College Hospitals Trust

  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

  • University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

  • University Hospitals Derby Burton NHS FT

  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital

  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Pfizer vaccine has been shown in studies to be 95% effective and works in all age groups.

Announcing its approval on Wednesday, the British regulator stressed the jab had been put through an "extremely thorough and scientifically rigorous review" before being given clinical approval.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. Credit: PA

Dr June Raine, head of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, insisted their review of the vaccine met "strict standards of safety, of effectiveness and of quality".

She said the the vaccine is "well prepared" and the UK is "ready to roll into action now" to deploy the vaccine.