Bad weather backs up campaign argument
Hospital bosses told older people not to visit the North East's mass Covid vaccination hub yesterday because of snow in the region.
Those who had appointments at Newcastle's Centre for Life were instead advised they should call 119 to rebook another appointment.
The Newcastle NHS HospitalsFoundationTrusttweeted: “We’re advising older people who are booked for their Covid-19 vaccine at the Centre for Life to rebook for another day when the weather is better."
It is not known how many appointments were affected and how quickly they can be rebooked.
But the news only serves to increasetheimportanceofour 'A Shot In The Arm' campaign calling on the Government to use the country's 11,500 pharmacies to help administer the vaccine and ensure everyone can receive the jab within a 10-minute walk from their home as opposed to a 10-mile distance as PM Boris Johnson has previously said.
Meanwhile, NHS England has issued regional numbers of vaccinations.
Itsaidthat,asofJanuary10, some370,694peopleacrossthe North East and Yorkshire had received the first dose of the vaccine.Thisincluded204,140 people in the 80-plus category.
And 62,351 people in the same regions had received the second dose of the vaccine. This included 50,125 in the 80-plus bracket.
Downing Street has said every area is receiving its “fair share”ofcoronavirusvaccines after figures showed a disparity in the rollout of jabs.
But it has refused to reveal the size of the UK’s coronavirusvaccinesupply,despiteBoris Johnson pledging that the Government would be “transparent as we possibly can” on rollout data.