Rollout of first Covid-19 vaccines in Broxtowe slows down in wake of supply constraints

The effects of Covid-19 vaccine supply constraints are being felt in Eastwood and Kimberley, where the number of first jabs administered has dropped.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:31 pm
Supply constraints have slowed down the vaccination programme.

NHS England warned last month that supply issues would mean priority for the jabs would be given to those in the high-risk groups and for second doses.

Data from NHS England shows that shows that 470 first doses of the vaccine were administered across Broxtowe in the week to April 11 – 702 fewer than the week before and the lowest in the preceding five weeks.

A delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses is behind the issues with vaccine supply in April.

Local health leaders were told to focus efforts on the top priority groups in a letter signed by Dr Nikita Kanani, medical director for primary care for the NHS in England, and Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer.

It said: "Those aged 49 years or younger should not be offered vaccination unless they are eligible via a higher cohort because they are, for example, clinically vulnerable, unpaid carer or frontline health and care workers."

The slowdown, however, has not affected the ability to reach vaccine targets.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our vaccination programme continues to make phenomenal progress – with over 40 million vaccines administered across the UK.

"We have hit our target to offer a vaccine to everyone in phase one of the vaccination programme and we are on track to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July."