He said Exeter and Manchester Nightingale hospitals are currently in use, but Nightingales are the “insurance policy of last resort” as they are not “specially designed for health and care” and require the embezzlement of personnel.
Residents of nursing homes are expected to start getting vaccinated this week.
An NHS spokesperson in the Black Country and West Birmingham said: ‘We can confirm that some NCPs (primary care networks) across the Black Country and West Birmingham should receive the Oxford vaccine. this week, but those are yet to be confirmed. .
“The Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, which makes it easier to use.
“Therefore, when the NCPs start receiving it, they will be used to immunize care homes and patients who are confined to the home in the first place. “
But the GP’s deployment kicked into action on Thursday as Health Secretary Matt Hancock faced questions about Oxford’s vaccine supply after visiting a doctor’s office to promote the nationwide deployment to arrive to discover that the doctors had not received a delivery.
Mr Hancock was attending a photocall the morning GPs first started administering the vaccine, but the London surgery he visited had not received the product from Oxford.
Bloomsbury Surgery in central London was awaiting the first batch of the Oxford vaccine on Thursday morning, but that has now been pushed back 24 hours, Sky News reported.