The Covid-19 vaccine is being rolled out across Tameside next week

Community roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is to start in Tameside next week with the jab taking place at five locations in the borough.

All primary care networks, which contain GP practices, have signed up to deliver the vaccine and will be responsible for the ‘vast proportion of what will be the biggest vaccination programme in history’.

Vaccination sites have been identified and agreed in Hyde, Ashton-under-Lyne, in the Stalybridge, Dukinfield and Mossley area, in Droylsden and Denton, and Glossop.

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine will be ready to be delivered from the five different primary care networks from Tuesday, December 15.

However details of which networks will open first are still to be confirmed.

The first cohort who will get the vaccine will be offered for people aged over 80, care home staff and residents.

The national ambition is for a 75pc uptake of the new vaccine, but local health chiefs say they are aiming for even higher than that in Tameside and Glossop.

A secondary booster jab will be given 21 days after people receive their first injection.

There will be one booking system across Tameside and Glossop which will automatically book both appointments at the same time, and enabling any patients to book into a site in the area to ensure maximum accessibility.

Each site to have the ability to vaccinate a minimum of 350 patients per day but subject to the delivery of vaccine, some sites are aiming to vaccinate 1,000 people a day.

This is a separate roll-out to the vaccinations happening at local hospitals across the country for admitted patients and outpatients in their care.

However it is not a walk in-service and people should not turn up expecting to be immunised. Those in other high-risk groups will be contacted in due course.

Nationwide, vaccinations will be distributed based on a priority system with older people, NHS and care staff being vaccinated first.

This will be followed by at-risk medical groups and then the population at large.

Manchester Evening News