Vaccinating the vaccinators will also allow a faster delivery of the vaccine to the public — the ultimate way out of the valley of darkness the country faces.DAUK Spokesperson
Doctors in accident and emergency units have described hospitals as being “wall-to-wall” with coronavirus patients on Christmas Day as they urged members of the public not to party on New Year’s Eve.
Senior doctors gave warning that the NHS was in danger of being overwhelmed, with the number of coronavirus patients in hospital about to exceed the peak of the first wave.
On April 12, just before numbers started falling following the first lockdown, there were 21,683 patients with Covid-19 in British hospitals. On December 22, the most recent date with complete data for the whole of the UK, there were 21,286.
Doctors in London said that their hospitals were beginning to resemble war zones, while those in Wales put out an urgent call for anyone with experience working in intensive care to come forward to help.
The Doctors’ Association UK said that social distancing and limiting contacts were vital to avoid pushing intensive care to breaking point. A spokesman said that NHS and care staff should be given priority for the vaccine, adding: “Vaccinating the vaccinators will also allow a faster delivery of the vaccine to the public — the ultimate way out of the valley of darkness the country faces.”
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