Covid-19 jabs are expected to be on offer by the NHS from as early as next month, as five mass vaccination centres are planned to be in action by Christmas.
Leaked provisional documents have revealed the plan for hundreds of NHS staff to be deployed in five sites across the country - injecting tens of thousands of the public each day, reports The Sun.
Those most vulnerable to coronavirus will be called up first, with centres manned by trainee nurses and paramedics planned for Leeds, Hull and London, the publication reports.
In addition to the five static sites of giant scale, GPs and pharmacists will be asked to assist in the mass vaccination effort, with a fleet of mobile units to be used to reach vulnerable communities and those in care homes.
NHS staff handing out test kits to Glasgow University students as they arrive for testing at a pop up test centre in Glasgow. October 3, 2020
A source told The Sun: 'The earliest we are likely to get the first trial results is in a month's time - which means the best case scenario for a potential roll out is just before Christmas.
'But planning is well under way, so there will be no delay in vaccination once we have a working jab.'
Provisional plans state the end of this month as the vaccine roll out date, but without approval from UK regulators and the European Medicines Agency to administer the vaccination the schedule is unlikely to stand fast.
On Sunday Matt Hancock confirmed that the military would be involved in distributing a coronavirus vaccine.
Matt Hancock (pictured last month) confirmed on Sunday that the military would be involved in distributing a coronavirus vaccine
Care home residents and staff will be the first to get a Covid-19 vaccine when one is approved, according to fresh government advice.
Everyone over the age of 80 and NHS staff will be second in line, updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation states.
The body, which consists of 20 top scientists, advises ministers on all vaccines. It admitted its guidance for any UK Covid-19 vaccination scheme is likely to change in the future.
Matt Hancock previously pledged that Britons with underlying conditions would be near the front of the queue for any jab. But millions living with heart disease or other ailments that raise their risk of dying of Covid-19 won't be vaccinated until everyone over the age of 65 is inoculated, according to the new guidance.
WHO WILL GET A COVID-19 JAB FIRST?
Under the proposed ranking by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the vaccines will be rolled out in the following order:older adults' resident in a care home and care home workers all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers all those 75 years of age and over all those 70 years of age and over all those 65 years of age and over high-risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health woes moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health woes all those 60 years of age and over all those 55 years of age and over all those 50 years of age and over rest of the population (priority to be determined)
The Health Secretary told the virtual Tory conference that 'the plans are in train' to combine the NHS and the armed forces to make 'the rollout happen'.
He said people would get the vaccine 'according to priority' - but did not clarify what that order would be.
Mr Hancock told the Tory conference that a vaccine was the 'great hope'.
The leading contender in the race to find a vaccine is Oxford University, where trials have been ongoing since April - there are hopes the vaccine could be approved by regulators by Christmas.
Around 100million doses of the Oxford vaccination, which is yet to be proved successful, have already been ordered by the Government.
The jabs developed by Oxford University require two inoculations, 28 days apart, meaning the logistical challenge faced by the government is two fold.
To administer two doses of a vaccine to 53 million adults in the six-month time period would involve 600,000 jabs a day.
The proposals, leaked to The Sun, also suggested that health workers including vets, dieticians and chiropodists could also help administer the doses to the public if regulations are relaxed to allow it.
Those who need the injections most are first on the list, meaning care home residents and staff will get it as soon as it's ready.
Those aged over 80 and NHS staff are next, followed by all over 65s, younger adults at higher risk and people over 50.
Some care home managers were asked for a list of eligible frontline staff last month.
On Monday the head of the country's vaccine task-force Kate Bingham stated that