Professor Stephen Boyce, National Medical Director of the NHS, has advised that any high-risk patient should register for the vaccination period before the NHS is scheduled to attend on Monday, March 29th. He asked that as some mass vaccination sites in the UK were preparing to close, the first approved dose of a vaccine that was qualified to schedule an appointment in the next few days had not yet been received.
Recent guidelines encourage clinically vulnerable patients 18 years of age and older to reserve a place.
The National Reservation Service, which is used to set up appointments, does not accept new reservations throughout April to ensure that vaccinations are available to those who are appointed for the second dose that month.
An NHS spokesman said the vaccine would be used “based on the manufacturers’ ability to deliver the vaccine.”
They added, “When we expect supplies to be scarce, it makes sense to use our resources wisely at 1,600+ vaccination sites.
“There are currently no plans to close the sites permanently. Most importantly, those in the higher priority groups can book a stitch near their homes.”
Obesity vaccination sites in Devon, Kent and Cornwall are set to close temporarily due to supply problems, with many sites across the country likely to close.
More than 28 million adults have been vaccinated in the UK to date, with seven out of ten people aged 50 to 54 being vaccinated, according to the NHS UK.
Appreciating the UK vaccination program, Professor Boys said, “It is a testament to the careful planning and hard work of staff that the NHS vaccination program continues at a record pace.”
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“Ultimately, open-mindedness and global cooperation will be key for all countries to tackle this epidemic and ensure better preparation for future challenges.”
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