NHS assembles army of staff for mass coronavirus vaccinations

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Exclusive: Retired doctors, district nurses and physios recruited to administer jab in England’s biggest programme of its kind

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England’s mass vaccination drive aims to immunise 22 million vulnerable adults first.
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The NHS is bringing together an army of retired doctors, health visitors and physiotherapists to embark on the country’s biggest ever mass vaccination programme, the Guardian has learned.
The extraordinary effort in England will also include district nurses and high street chemists alongside GPs in the drive to immunise 22 million vulnerable adults, followed by the rest of the population.
NHS documents seen by the Guardian show the rollout will rely in part on “inexperienced staff” who will have undergone two hours of online training before starting work.
The slides also reveal codenames for two of the most promising vaccines in development: the Pfizer/BioNTech version is called “Courageous” and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is known as “Talent”.
It is understood that retired doctors, some of whom returned to the frontline to help the NHS during the first wave of the pandemic, will again play a key role in the vaccines rollout. The Local …

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