Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have procured any refrigeration devices for GP surgeries to support the administration of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for which they have placed purchase orders.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

National preparations for storage of COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperatures continue to be made by Public Health England to support a national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure that appropriate freezer and refrigeration capacity is in place to maintain the required cold-chain for COVID-19 vaccination deployment across England. NHS England and NHS Improvement are using the latest available COVID-19 vaccination characteristic and supply information to model the required cold chain capacity and working with suppliers to secure additional freezers and fridges as needed. NHS England and NHS Improvement have taken early steps, and are continuing to work to secure these resources, recognising the likely global competing demand for items.

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