Covid UK: End vaccine postcode lottery NOW

Pensioners – including a 98-year-old Second World War hospital radiographer – have revealed how they are still waiting to get a Covid jab – despite the Government’s vaccine roll-out now targeting the over-70s.  

Ruth Wide, 98, is one of those yet to hear from her GP practice, in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, about receiving the potentially life-saving injection.

She is one of more than a dozen who have spoken to the Daily Mail, concerned about being looked over in the Government’s vaccine roll-out.

It comes as Matt Hancock last night vowed to divert supplies to areas which are lagging behind the national roll-out.

The Health Secretary said in some areas the ‘vast majority’ of people in their 80s have had their first dose.

But he promised to divert more to of the nation’s vaccine stockpile to areas with large numbers of unprotected over-80s.

He told a Downing Street press conference last night: ‘We’re prioritising the supply of the vaccine into those parts of the country that need to complete the over-80s.’    

It comes as ministers are now pressurising their own Government to end the vaccine postcode lottery amid fears the most vulnerable in some areas are being left behind.

Mr Hancock revealed yesterday that more than 4million people in the UK have now received a vaccine, including more than half of over-80s and care home residents. 

He heaped praise on Slough in Berkshire for having vaccinated all of the town’s elderly care home residents, a feat matched by Newcastle upon Tyne.

But the vaccine programme was questioned by fellow minister Therese Coffey, who said ‘something isn’t quite right’ about how the roll-out was progressing.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said her constituents in Suffolk had ‘distressing and annoying’ information about younger patients receiving priority for jabs ahead of the more elderly.

She said she has been contacted by people complaining that over-70s appear to be invited ahead of some over-80s and even over-90s.  

Ministers are pressurising their own Government to end the vaccine postcode lottery amid fears the most vulnerable in some areas are being left behind

Ministers are pressurising their own Government to end the vaccine postcode lottery amid fears the most vulnerable in some areas are being left behind

Ministers are pressurising their own Government to end the vaccine postcode lottery amid fears the most vulnerable in some areas are being left behind

June Rollings, 91, with daughter Denise Burke and granddaughter Rhiannon Burke

June Rollings, 91, with daughter Denise Burke and granddaughter Rhiannon Burke

June Rollings, 91, with daughter Denise Burke and granddaughter Rhiannon Burke

Matt Hancock yesterday that more than 4million people in the UK have now received a vaccine, including more than half of over-80s and care home residents

Matt Hancock yesterday that more than 4million people in the UK have now received a vaccine, including more than half of over-80s and care home residents

Matt Hancock yesterday that more than 4million people in the UK have now received a vaccine, including more than half of over-80s and care home residents 

The PM is under pressure to say how and when the brutal restrictions in England will ease after the UK recorded another 37,535 cases - down a fifth from last Monday. Although deaths rose again to 599 there are increasing signs that the curve is flattening

The PM is under pressure to say how and when the brutal restrictions in England will ease after the UK recorded another 37,535 cases - down a fifth from last Monday. Although deaths rose again to 599 there are increasing signs that the curve is flattening

The PM is under pressure to say how and when the brutal restrictions in England will ease after the UK recorded another 37,535 cases – down a fifth from last Monday. Although deaths rose again to 599 there are increasing signs that the curve is flattening

She’s 91, but my mum has heard nothing 

June Rollings

June Rollings

June Rollings

June Rollings, 91, is beginning to fear she has been forgotten about after hearing nothing about when she will be vaccinated.

The former shoe shop worker, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, has friends across the country who have had their jabs yet her GP practice appears to have no supplies.

Her daughter, Denise Burke, 64, is now frustrated to hear that people in their 70s will start being vaccinated this week. Mrs Burke said: ‘I’m a participant in the Novavax trials which I volunteered for because I wanted to do my part in helping to get our most vulnerable vaccinated.

‘It now feels very ironic that it’s my mother who has been left without a vaccine.

‘I’ve looked at the vaccination rates in Peterborough and they are embarrassingly low. My mum is becoming quite anxious and the worst of it is that I can’t explain to her what’s going on because I don’t know myself.’

 

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In a post on social media, she said: ‘Something is not quite working right yet, particularly in one part of the constituency, as I am hearing from people that 80-plus and 90-plus-year-olds have not been contacted while some 70-plus patients in the same GP practice were invited for vaccination.

‘I know it is both distressing and annoying when people hear that other cohorts of a lower priority are being vaccinated ahead of our oldest and most vulnerable.’

Official figures revealed 4,062,501 people have received a vaccine – up 225,000 on the previous day.

Millions of over-70s and the extremely vulnerable will start to be invited for jabs from this week, although officials stressed this will be in areas where the vast majority of over-80s have been reached.

Yet dozens of Daily Mail readers have written in to tell their stories of frustration, with many fearing they have been overlooked.

June Rollings, 91, is beginning to fear she has been forgotten about after hearing nothing about when she will be vaccinated.

The former shoe shop worker, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, has friends across the country who have had their jabs yet her GP practice appears to have no supplies. 

Ruth Wide, 98, who worked as a hospital radiographer during the Second World War, has still to hear from her GP practice in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. 

Her son Marcus, 72, is worried she has been overlooked but has followed the advice not to contact the surgery directly. He said: ‘There is no way to check whether somebody tried to call but failed to get through.’

Family doctors have suggested supplies being sent to mass-vaccination centres would be better diverted to local GP surgeries. Dr Helen Salisbury, a GP in Oxford, said mass-vaccination sites were intended for the younger population and should not be used while there are capacity constraints.

She said: ‘It’s a big risk to make elderly people travel for long periods in a car with another person and even riskier to take public transport to their appointment.’

Dr Jess Harvey, a Shropshire GP, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I appreciate there might be issues getting the vaccine out, and maybe just an honest approach with that would be helpful. Tell the public that not everyone will get the vaccine because there isn’t enough.’

Last night the Government insisted the rollout programme was ‘on track’ to vaccinate the 13.5million most vulnerable by mid-February.

Boris Johnson said over-80s and those living in care homes were still an ‘absolute priority’.

During a visit to Oxfordshire, the Prime Minister said: ‘We’re getting it out as fast as we can.’

Mr Hancock vowed that supplies of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are being prioritised to areas behind in the roll-out. 

Welby: An answer to prayer 

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the coronavirus vaccine as an 'answer to prayer' as he became the latest well-known figure to have the jab

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the coronavirus vaccine as an 'answer to prayer' as he became the latest well-known figure to have the jab

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the coronavirus vaccine as an ‘answer to prayer’ as he became the latest well-known figure to have the jab

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the coronavirus vaccine as an ‘answer to prayer’ as he became the latest well-known figure to have the jab.

The 65-year-old received it at the weekend because he is a volunteer chaplain at Guys and St Thomas’s hospitals in London.

Sharing his photo on social media, he urged others to follow suit. He wrote: ‘Jesus Christ calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Getting the vaccine is part of that commandment.’

 

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