A coronavirus vaccine will be given to over-85s and frontline NHS workers from next month.

According to GP magazine Pulse Today, surgeries will be asked to prepare to administer the vaccine from the start of December.

Care homes will also be visited by teams delivering the vaccine, Pulse Today says.

Two vaccines are currently being prepared - one of must be kept at minus 70 degrees and requires two shots to administer.

Pulse reported last month that the NHS planned to roll out the vaccine from December but sources conceded the odds of doing so were "50/50".

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Over-85s will be given a vaccine for coronavirus from December

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "While there are no certainties in the development, production, and timing of new vaccines, there is a possibility a COVID 19 vaccine could be available in the UK in the first part of 2021.

"It will only be rolled out once proven to be safe and effective through robust clinical trials and approved by medicines regulator the MHRA.

"Once approved, the NHS stands ready to begin the vaccination programme to those most at risk, before being rolled out more widely."

The UK's coronavirus R rate has been reported as falling, prompting calls for Boris Johnson to hold off from another national lockdown in England.

This Covid Symptom Study, which is run by King's College London, released figures on Tuesday which suggest the rate could be closer to 1 than previously thought.

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Two different vaccines are being prepared

The study found it is around 1.1 in England and Scotland and 1.2 in Wales, meaning new cases will likely double every 28 days.

Experts estimate there are around 43,569 new symptomatic cases of the virus every day in the UK, adding to the current number of 602,857 cases, according to the data suggests

New cases have shot up from the 36,251 figure calculated just a week ago.

The rate of infection in the north of England thought to be around four times higher than in the south and those aged between 30 and 59 are seeing the sharpest rise in new cases.

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Vaccines will be administered at care homes for residents as well as surgeries

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, said: “While cases are still rising across the UK, we want to reassure people that cases have not spiralled out of control, as has been recently reported from other surveys.

"We are still seeing a steady rise nationally, doubling every four weeks, with the possible exception of Scotland which may be showing signs of a slow down."