TWO Lancashire NHS Trusts have been selected to be amongst the first 50 in the UK to administer the coronavirus vaccine.

Clinical Commissioning Groups have been told that they need to prepare to start administering vaccines by December 14, with vulnerable patients set to be prioritised.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, will now be amongst the first in the country to provide the vaccine to patients.

A letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “We will be writing to sites identified as part of wave one on Monday, setting out full details of vaccine supply dates, delivery of other consumables and equipment to the site, and the process for assuring readiness before delivery of vaccines.”

The full list of hospital hubs to be included in the first wave of the vaccine programme are: