Leading scientists say vaccinating the entire UK population against COVID-19 can take up to a year, with no interruptions.
Sir Jeremy Farrer, director of the Welcome Trust and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Emergencies, said the vaccine program should not be “underestimated”.
He issued the warning in the journal Anesthesia with Professor Tim Cook, a consultant on anesthesia and intensive care.
They wrote: “Each of the 1,000 vaccination centers vaccines 500 people five days a week, five days a week, without interruption of supply or distribution, and it takes almost a year to deliver two doses to the people of the UK.
“No country has carried out a full population vaccination campaign in the memory of life. It must be carried out with local leadership and cultural sensitivity.”
Scientists agreed that there was a rapid development of vaccines COVID-19 The epidemic is said to be a “significant achievement”, but the country has a long way to go.
About 20% of the UK population may refuse to be vaccinated, but the authors said that if 80% of the population had a jab, “finally a certain population (herd) will get immunity”.
This will “minimize the spread of the virus in the community and protect those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
“This would be achieved without the expense of half a million deaths in the UK, as opposed to the population immunity following a natural disaster.”
They suggested that early vaccinations could prevent serious illness from COVID-19, but also prevent people from passing it on.
“From pre-clinical trials, the first vaccines that may be released in late 2020 may be more effective in preventing disease progression and hospitalization and less effective in preventing the spread,” the authors wrote.
The scientists also warned that vaccines would “not be the final solution to COVID-19”.
They said: “It’s a human infection now, it will not disappear, and like all infectious diseases, we must learn to minimize its impact on our behavior and access to diagnoses, treatments and vaccines.”
On Monday, Vaccination centers run by local doctors At more than 100 locations across the UK, they were given the Pfizer / Bioendech Jab at the latest stage of the UK vaccination roll program.
NHS staff, including nurses and pharmacists, work with GPs to vaccinate patients, and vaccination centers operate from existing physicians’ surgeries or community centers.
Margaret Keenan, grandmother of four Pfizer was the first person in the UK to be vaccinated Outside of a test last week, it announced it was a “offer”.