The Pfizer one is more technically demanding just because of what it is, it is essentially a ball of fat molecules with the active RNA strands inside it, and if you misstreat it by shaking the bottle, tapping the syringe or even drawing it up or injecting it too quickly you can rupture the lipid spheroids, leading to miss-dose errors. For this reason it may be best to keep this within the medical realm. I think the Oxford is a lot more robust, so that may give more latitude for using less skilled people.
"Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine"https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19/information-for-healthcare-professionals-on-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine
"Information for Healthcare Professionals on AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine"https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/information-for-healthcare-professionals-on-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca
BTW:- Does the production unit in Wales produce the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine or another?
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Good news! My mother-in-law who lives in Hitchin has just had a phone call today to check if she got her letter (which she didn't) for the jab this Saturday. All booked in and as she needs her other half to wheel her around, they said they'd do him at the same time. They are being done at a local surgery, so no long journey to an unfamiliar place.
Excellent work NHS and a damn sight easier than booking a click 'n collect supermarket delivery!
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Thanks for the links, Jonathan.
There's some surplus stuff at the front of the second (AstraZeneca) one. It should be:
Thank you, John. I've corrected the original.
Now isn't the time but I hope that a review of communications to patients is triggered by the crisis . Of course some elderly patients may not have email, but nearly everyone has a phone and relying on the post seems archaic . One item I recently sent in the post to Suffolk took over 5 weeks to arrive .
My pharmacist texts me , as does my doctor and dentist - and that works very well. But last year , for a minor hospital appointment I wasn't rung , but sent three separate letters , in this order - one giving me a new date, one telling me about the cancellation , and another saying the same thing. The last two arrived after the original appointment date .. So that was three bits of typing , three stamps and a late message . A text or email would have been fine; and nearly free ...
My business even has a text to speech engine that sends a voice message to mobile or landline (or both) and will do it in virtually any language. The voice does NOT sound like Stephen Hawking. It works brilliantly for blind people who can't read a text and can be sent by anyone with the APi (e.g Hospital Administrators) We also send millions of texts However trying to provide anything to govt is almost impossible (unless perhaps you have a mate who is an MP) and my life's too short to bother with the redtape.
So you see there are solutions.
First official release of data on vaccination by region in England:https://www.hsj.co.uk/coronavirus/revealed-each-stps-progress-on-covid-vaccination/7029355.article?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRabE9UWmlZemhsTWpWbSIsInQiOiI3ODFrcnM3TE5veURtYlJoZzF1dWFueWhOZHZXMWlwTG9XVWxaN3pZNUxGQkdHV0F1akh3aU9KUVl2ZWlDa1ExOGxJTjFCY3g1Wm93T1RyWE5IY0xXdmFJWXd1dTFBenMrQnhNb1wvV2k4bU91TVRrdVU2NGdjZVd0QnVjSEdoZHEifQ%3D%3D
(Please let me know if that's paywalled.)
I can read it.