“The arrangements are being put in place for the NHS to deliver that at scale,” the health secretary tells Sky News.
The health secretary has told Sky News that he hopes a mass vaccination programme for COVID-19 will get under way “within a matter of weeks”.
A coronavirus vaccine has yet to receive official approval, but two US-led treatments have been found to be more than 90% effective.
The UK government has ordered enough of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to treat 20 million people, while it has also secured five million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Speaking to Kay Burley, Matt Hancock said “nothing’s guaranteed yet” but there were “encouraging signs of hope”.
He told the programme that the NHS was working towards delivering the flu jab and COVID-19 vaccine “in parallel” and “within a matter of weeks”.
“We hope that we will also have a COVID vaccination programme alongside that. The arrangements are being put in place for the NHS to deliver that at scale.
“It will be a huge effort, and I know that the NHS is up to it.”
The health secretary said he hopes people can be vaccinated in large numbers in 2021.
Derby City Council has said the Derby Arena is being considered as a temporary vaccination centre.
Chris Poulter, the leader of Derby City Council, said: “The potential roll-out of a COVID vaccine is a welcome step in the nationwide effort against the spread of COVID-19 – it’s an honour for Derby to have the opportunity to play such a critical part in any vaccination programme.
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