Rollout of first Covid-19 vaccines in the East Riding slows down due to supply constraints

The effects of Covid-19 vaccine supply constraints are being felt in the East Riding, where the number of first jabs administered has dropped, new figures show.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:30 am
Data from NHS England shows that shows that 2,632 first doses of the vaccine were administered in the East Riding in the week to April 11 – 2,042 fewer than the week before and the lowest in the preceding five weeks. Photo: PA Images

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 2,632 first doses of the vaccine were administered in the East Riding in the week to April 11 – 2,042 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 was behind the issues regarding vaccine supply this month.

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 Nuffield Trust said the slowdown, however, had not affected the ability to reach vaccine targets.

Helen Buckingham, director of strategy, said: “The programme has exceeded expectations thus far, and continues to do so, with well over half the adult population now having received a first dose, and all vulnerable groups offered an appointment.”

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