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Supply Shortage to Slow Vaccinations in Surrey

Published on: 26 Feb, 2021
Updated on: 1 Mar, 2021

Astra Zeneca Covid Vaccine

By Martin Giles

A national shortage of vaccine supply is going to reduce the number of jabs in Surrey Heartlands even more over the next few weeks after a 20% drop in the past two weeks from almost 50,000 for the week ending February 11.

An email from the GW ICP [Guildford & Waverley Integrated Care Partnership] Covid Vaccination Team to centre volunteers said: “Just a quick update to let you know our vaccine supply over the next few weeks has decreased meaning our operational hours will also have to decrease accordingly.

“We will be cancelling shifts and notifying volunteers shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

“Thank you for your patience with this ever-changing and fast-paced environment. It is very much appreciated.”

Across the UK, the number of Covid vaccines administered is reported to have has fallen by more than a third in the past week, ministers warning of the short-term supply dip coupled with stockpiling to ensure people get second doses within the recommended 12-week limit.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a radio interview the country could expect “a quieter week this week” for vaccinations because of supply pressure but the rollout would bounce back next month. “We’re going to have some really bumper weeks in March.”

See also: Away We Go, Let the Vaccine Flow…

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