Health bosses have told the NHS to create ‘innovative delivery modes’ (Picture: PA)
People in the UK could get a Covid vaccine from a drive-thru centre on their way to work.
The NHS has been told to adopt ‘innovative delivery modes’ as younger age groups are called forward for their jabs.
Board meeting documents seen by MailOnline state: ‘Reaching a more mobile, largely working-age population with lower Covid-19-related health risk will bring different challenges, especially as lockdown and more [restrictions] are lifted.
‘We have developed operational guidance for drive-thru, mobile and pop-up models to enable targeted delivery.’
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed plans are underway to open ‘convenient’ drive-thru vaccine centres to accommodate people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who may be hesitant about getting immunised.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘We did some fantastic pilots of drive-in jabs that went really well.
‘And again, as we go down the cohorts in the current deployment you’re going to see more of that.
‘It’s a great way as you do the under-50s, the under-40s, under-30s. Convenience becomes a much greater tool to deploy because you want to make sure for those people, where we think there may be greater hesitancy, we make it as convenient as we can make it.’
A member of staff administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a member of the public on the opening day of NHS Lothian’s first drive-thru mass vaccination centre (Picture: Getty Images)
The Government has vowed to offer a jab to all over-50s by April 15 and all other adults by the end of July.
Boris Johnson has promised the country is still on track to meet targets, despite a ‘significant reduction in weekly supply’ from next week.
Those over 50 and others clinically vulnerable were urged to book their injections this week as appointment slots dry up.
NHS England has said inoculations for those over 40 won’t begin until authorised – but the British Medical Association has insisted GPs can offer spare jabs to this age group if they have exhausted efforts to reach those entitled.
People aged 70 and over will begin receiving booster jabs from September to protect them against new coronavirus variants.
More than 29 million people have now received a first dose, while three million have had their second.
There are currently two vaccines – Pfizer and AstraZeneca- being used in the UK, although doses of a Moderna jab are expected next month.
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