Vaccinations also began today across Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, however a complete list of hospitals are to be announced.
Who will get the jabs first?
Those aged over 80, care home workers, and NHS front-line staff will be targeted first, starting on what the Health Secretary dubbed “V-Day”.
After care homes, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended the population be vaccinated in five-year groups starting with the over-75s.
The JCVI has also stated that key workers will be prioritised in the second phase of the vaccine roll out. Therefore, transport workers, first responders and teachers will be among the first to receive the jab after the most vulnerable.
Sir Simon said the bulk of the vaccination programme will take place from January to April next year.
Initially, the Government was hoping to vaccinate care home residents and staff, as well as the over-80s.
But when the Pfizer jab won the race to be the first approved vaccine, the emphasis shifted to NHS workers as it was believed it would be too hard to distribute the jab, which needs to be kept at around -103F (-75C), to care homes.
However, supply issues have forced another rethink and care home residents and staff will now be targeted first, with NHS Providers working with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to find a safe way to deliver doses. Scotland plans to start immunising care home residents and staff from next week.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that the vaccine should be prioritised for the elderly and health workers.
Explaining the priorities for who will get the vaccine, chairman of the JCVI Professor Wei Shen Lim said: “Vaccines are offered to protect people who are most at risk from dying of Covid-19, as well as to protect health and social care services, because by doing so we also protect lives.”
The NHS has promised that Britain will receive as many as four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine before 2020 ends. This comes after concerns that much of the public would miss out during the first vaccination wave because of limited supplies.
The next vaccine doses will arrive next week, the Health Secretary has said.
“The next scheduled arrival will be next week and the numbers depend on how quickly Pfizer can manufacture it,”
“It is being manufactured in Belgium and obviously right across the UK the job is to be able to get the vaccinations done as quickly as the manufacturer can create it, so we’ve been all working together really closely, the UK Government, which has been buying the vaccine and getting it delivered into the country, and then the NHS in the four nations of the UK.”