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.
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."