Dozens of GP’s have opted out of administering vaccinations next week, over concerns practices are already struggling with heavy workloads.
The Guardian has reported that a number of practices in Manchester, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Thames Valley will not take part in the vaccination programme. This means the local NHS will have to arrange for patients registered at those surgeries to be vaccinated elsewhere.
Dr Julia Patterson, the lead for Everydoctor, a network of grassroots NHS medics, said: “I’ve not spoken to a single doctor who doesn’t want to take part in the vaccine rollout; medical professionals are acutely aware of the importance of vaccinations. However, PCNs in some areas may simply be forced to opt out in order to keep normal patient services going, and keep their patients safe this winter.”
The largest-scale vaccination programme in British history began this week as the Pfizer Covid-19 jab was rolled out. The first vaccine was received by Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother from Coventry, on Dec 8.
Two of the first NHS staff to get the jab suffered allergic reactions and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency warned the vaccine should not be administered to people with a history of ‘significant’ allergic reactions.
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, said this was common for new vaccines and the staff have recovered well.
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