More than 100 people fail to turn up for their second Covid jab in Darlington over bank holiday weekend sparking fears dozens of doses could be wasted
- Healthcare group in Darlington reported 129 people missing jabs over weekend
- Missed appointments have led to fears the vaccinations could now be wasted
- 60 per cent of people in the town have had their first dose while over a third are fully vaccinated
Health workers were left furious after dozens of people failed to turn up for their appointment to get a second coronavirus jab leading to fears the shots could be wasted.
Darlington’s Primary Care Network sent out a warning shot to the 129 people who missed their follow up appointments over the bank holiday weekend.
The County Durham town has trailing the national average for first doses of vaccinations but is ahead on second jabs.
Data shows 60 per cent of residents have been innoculated at leats once, compared to 65.7 per cent across the UK, but 35.8 per cent are fully vaccinated, 6.9 per cent above the current average for England.
Darlington’s Primary Care Network sent out a warning shot to the 129 people who missed their follow up appointments over the bank holiday weekend
But the large number of missed jabs while people attempted to enjoy a wet and windy bank holiday weekend has forced health workers to plead for people to turn up for their second doses.
The Darlington Primary Care Network tweeted: ‘Yes we know it’s a bank holiday but 129 people DID NOT ATTEND for their 2nd dose appointments yesterday and they didn’t cancel them.
‘Our team are giving up their Bank Holiday and have this extra stress as we have another clinic today so please turn up to get your 2nd dose.’
Darlington Borough Council tweeted: ‘Please do everything you can to keep your second dose appointment in Darlington.
The County Durham town has trailing the national average for first doses of vaccinations but is ahead on second jabs. Pictured: Derek Thomas receives the vaccine at the Darlington Arena Vaccination Centre
The large number of missed jabs while people attempted to enjoy a wet and windy bank holiday weekend has forced health workers to plead for people to turn up for their second doses
‘But if you can’t attend your appointment, make sure you contact your vaccination centre ASAP to let them know.
‘Doses could be wasted as a result of no shows. Please be considerate.’
Just last week officials were reassuring people in the northern town not to concerned about the supply of second doses.
Dr Amanda Riley, Clinical Director of the Darlington Primary Care network said: ‘The second dose is very important as it provides better and longer lasting protection against Covid-19.
‘Receiving only one dose does not provide you with the full effectiveness of the vaccine.
‘When you’re contacted with your second dose appointment, please make every effort to attend – it’s essential to protect you and our communities from another spike in Covid-19 cases.’
Britain today passed the landmark of having dished out 50million Covid vaccines, after another 250,000 jabs were dished out yesterday. Around 34.6million people have now had their first dose, and 15.4million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the ‘massive’ achievement and insisted we are going to have a ‘great British summer’, while Boris Johnson said he could see no reason why England’s next planned relaxation on May 17 could not go ahead.
The Prime Minister told reporters on a visit to Hartlepool that the results of the vaccination drive were ‘really starting to show up in the epidemiology’ as cases remained low despite further rules being relaxed on April 12.
‘As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine roll-out going the way that it is – we have done 50million jabs as I speak to you today, a quarter of the adult population, one in four, have had two jabs,’ he said.
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