Up to 2,000 supply chain workers who are crucial to the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered the vaccination themselves
Up to 2,000 workers involved in the supply chain of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered a vaccination in the coming days to reduce the risk of an outbreak and protect distribution.
Those eligible will be identified by their employer against clear government criteria. This includes staff working for Pfizer and AstraZeneca involved in specialist UK roles, such as those making the vaccine substance, working on fill and finish and batch testing, as well as those involved in end-to-end coordination who are responsible for delivery.
While suppliers already follow strict COVID-secure guidelines and have contingency plans in place, infections cannot be ruled out due to the nature of the job and the close proximity of staff.
Some workers at sites such as Oxford Biomedica which manufactures and tests the bulk of the UK’s AstraZeneca supply will be eligible, and some staff at Wockhardt involved in fill and finish will also be included.