The Anonymous Widower

Thoughts On Mass Vaccination

We should steal an idea from the French.

In the first wave of the virus, they had to move seriously ill patients all over the country and to Germany, where there was bed space.

So they converted a TGV to a hospital train.

This page on the SNCF web site, is entitled Covid-10: Behind the Scenes Of Our High-Speed Hospital Train.

Could we not create a Vaccination Train using one of the recently withdrawn InterCity 125s?

They are easily shortened to any convenient length and the carriages have a very smooth ride.

The French converted their hospital train in 48 hours, so surely we can do as well!

The trains have the advantage, that they are certified go to over ninety percent of UK main line railway stations.

Network Rail have a track inspection train, called the New Measurement Train, that works a pattern all over the UK. It is based on an InterCity 125 and is full of delicate instruments, designed to keep the railways of the UK safe.

The picture shows Network Rail’s New Measurement Train at Westbury station.

The Vaccination Train or Trains could be based at a convenient central location, where the vaccine would be safely stored.

  • Trains would be loaded overnight with the vaccine and other stores and locate  early to their site for the day.
  • Sites would typically be stations, where a platform existed that was long enough for the train.
  • Staff to both process the vaccine and treat patients could either go on the train or be drawn from local medical staff, or be a mixture of the two.
  • Specialists handling the vaccine would probably come from the centre, as this would ensure totally correct handling of the vaccine.
  • They would set up at a suitable site and handle the patients booked for the day.
  • Injections could even take place on the train, in specially fitted out carriages.

I would think, that the train would be self contained and generate all its own electricity.

 

December 4, 2020 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Sounds like a good idea. Send the sick to Scotland, they did that in the last two wars, it would give Scotland something to be proud of.

    Comment by jagracer | December 4, 2020 | Reply

  2. That’s a. Brilliant. Idea !

    Lawrence

    Sent from my iPhone

    Comment by Lawrence Wilson | December 5, 2020 | Reply

    • Thanks!

      Comment by AnonW | December 5, 2020 | Reply

  3. Great idea – send it Jonathan Van Tam as he loves his train analogies when he does the evening briefing would fit beautifully with them

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 5, 2020 | Reply


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