Covid Vaccine - Temporarily locked

Whittakerr replied on 09/11/2020 12:10

Posted on 09/11/2020 12:10

Some good news. It seems one of the trial vaccines offers 90% protection against the virus. The developers have applied for an emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month. UK has an order in place for 30m doses.

DavidKlyne replied on 09/11/2020 21:27

Posted on 09/11/2020 21:27

Just an update to my post on the first page when I said it needed to be stored at -80C which is what it said on the BBC website and also mentioned at today's press conference.

There are also massive manufacturing and logistical challenges in immunising huge numbers of people, as the vaccine has to be kept in ultra-cold storage at below minus 80C.

I am now doubting this as very few outlets would be able to keep the vaccine at such a low temperature. Dr John Campbell on his Channel has said that it needs to be stored at -18C which seem more realistic to me. So we may need further clarification on that score?

David

Takethedogalong replied on 09/11/2020 21:41

Posted on 09/11/2020 15:15 by AnotherDavid

Looking at how hard they find  it to organize flu jabs each winter there will need to be a whole different approach taken. As for priorities like Et I would have thought those least able to isolate ie young workers we need to get on with essential work should come first.

Posted on 09/11/2020 21:41

Our town was used as an early mass testing site, with the Army doing the logistics, and you booked either online or via doctors surgeries. It worked really well, took less than five minutes. Army personnel were excellent.

Our local health board organised the Flu jabs for our town on a similar basis, with lots of surgeries involved. No Army this time just volunteers and teams of medics. Again it was great, so easy to book, you drove in, dropped the car window, answered a few ID questions, quick jab and out. No queues, no waiting around. The idea was to test the system to see if it would be feasible to do the town’s mass Covid jabs when required. The marquees are still on the testing site, possibly still being used, as our town has a very high case rate at the moment. 

AnotherDavid replied on 09/11/2020 22:39

Posted on 09/11/2020 21:41 by Takethedogalong

Our town was used as an early mass testing site, with the Army doing the logistics, and you booked either online or via doctors surgeries. It worked really well, took less than five minutes. Army personnel were excellent.

Our local health board organised the Flu jabs for our town on a similar basis, with lots of surgeries involved. No Army this time just volunteers and teams of medics. Again it was great, so easy to book, you drove in, dropped the car window, answered a few ID questions, quick jab and out. No queues, no waiting around. The idea was to test the system to see if it would be feasible to do the town’s mass Covid jabs when required. The marquees are still on the testing site, possibly still being used, as our town has a very high case rate at the moment. 

Posted on 09/11/2020 22:39

Maybe some areas are better organized than others but our flu jab appointments offered after very long waits and multiple calls were so far ahead  we looked elsewhere and got them done in the supermarket pharmacy.

SteveL replied on 09/11/2020 23:13

Posted on 09/11/2020 23:13

We had to wait a couple of weeks after ringing up. However, very well organised. Several texts sent reminding you. Jabs like a formula 1 pit stop. Well OK it might have been 5 seconds stationary rather than 2.2 😂. In one door (automatic) out the fire exit (left open).

brue replied on 10/11/2020 09:16

Posted on 10/11/2020 09:16

Not as cold as the coldest planet, Neptune, -224 C but going that way. I'm wondering how our local surgery will cope, however they are training us by making us stand outside, whatever the weather or fraility! wink

SteveL replied on 10/11/2020 09:54

Posted on 10/11/2020 09:54

All the information I have seen says it has to be kept and transported at -78C. Nothing about shelf life once it is defrosted.🤔  If that is several days it is unlikely to pose a significant problem. If it is only a matter of hours small village surgeries and pharmacies are going to struggle to do the excellent job they routinely do with the flu jab.

EasyT replied on 10/11/2020 10:13

Posted on 10/11/2020 09:54 by SteveL

All the information I have seen says it has to be kept and transported at -78C. Nothing about shelf life once it is defrosted.🤔  If that is several days it is unlikely to pose a significant problem. If it is only a matter of hours small village surgeries and pharmacies are going to struggle to do the excellent job they routinely do with the flu jab.

Posted on 10/11/2020 10:13

How long would it take to defrost from -79 degree I wonder? 

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