Bristol news MP demands 'more clarity' over vaccination programme MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - When asked when someone under 50 could expect to get a jab, the man in charge said "I don't know what the roll out plan is"

Bristol news MP demands 'more clarity' over vaccination programme MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - When asked when someone under 50 could expect to get a jab, the man in charge said "I don't know what the roll out plan is"

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13 January 2021 - 16:15

Breaking News ! A Bristol MP has demanded more information and clarity from the Government over the programme to roll out the coronavirus vaccine, after a GP surgery admitted it didn’t know the situation regarding the second booster jab. Karin Smyth spoke after the chief of the Ashton Gate vaccination centre said he was "awaiting further instructions" about a possible move to a 24-hour operation, and a doctors’ surgery nearby said it ‘just don’t know’ when people who have already had the first coronavirus vaccine will get their second. The Bristol South MP said that the Government have ‘not yet explicitly set out their expectations for the hub, or let those involved know when they will begin to receive supplies of vaccines to use’. The Ashton Gate Stadium vaccine hub is now into its first week of operation, and on Monday the man tasked with organising the programme for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, was cautious over calls for its hours of operation to be expanded to run 24 hours a day, saying that while it would mean they got through people more quickly, it would depend on the supplies of the vaccine. Tim Whittlestone said that seeing over 80s get the jab at the start of the first week of the Ashton Gate hub was an ‘emotional’ experience, but he was unclear about the speed at which the programme will get through the various priority groups of age and vulnerability in the weeks and months ahead. “It’s most heartening to see people being vaccinated,” he told Bristol Live on Monday. “For some people who have not been out of the house for many, many months, it’s a really quite emotional experience to be vaccinated. This is the final chapter of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m pleased to see the booking system is working in the cohorts that are being vaccinated, and I’m hopeful that it continues to work well. “There is a plan. There is a plan to invite everybody, so individuals get a letter with a barcode on which allows them to book in to centres like this, or indeed gives them the option to have the vaccination closer to home with their GP, and we’re successfully seeing that roll out across Bristol in the past few weeks. “So I’m really confident that everybody will get their turn. It’s important not to just show up, because we don’t have the ability to just vaccinate people on the spot,” he added. Asked when he thought a person under 50 without any underlying health conditions could expect to receive an invitation to get their jab, Mr Whittlestone said he did not know. “I don’t know what the roll out plan is,” he said. “We’ve been focussed here on the higher risk cohorts - so, the over-80s, health and social care staff, care home staff and the residents - and the extremely vulnerable, so we’ve been trying to power through those numbers, trying to understand how to reach those people, and considering options on how to reach people who are housebound who can’t automatically come to a place like this, and in some of the harder to reach communities as well. “So we’ll focus on them, and when we’re pretty confident that we’re almost through that cohort then we’ll open it up to the next group,” he added. Sign up for our newsletter and get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox When will Ashton Gate go 24 hours? On Wednesday, Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock bowed to pressure to promise that the vaccination centres like Ashton Gate would be opened 24 hours a day ‘as soon as we can’, but the limitations at the moment are on supplies of the vaccine.

. With the centre open 12 hours a day, that works out at around 120 an hour - and the centre is laid out to enable more than that. On Monday and Tuesday, the vast majority of Bristol Live readers said they would be prepared to have their covid jabs in the middle of the night, if it meant getting it more quickly. Second jabs (Image: Getty Images) Bristol South’s MP Karin Smyth also highlighted the lack of information from the Department of Health about the procedures for people to receive their second coronavirus vaccination. Both the Pfizer one, and the Oxford AstraZeneca jab require a second booster shot after three weeks, but the Government has extended that to up to 12 weeks, to get a level of immunity into more people more quickly. The Bridge View Medical Group, which runs a number of GP surgeries and health centres across South Bristol told patients this morning, Wednesday, that it did not know when second jabs would begin to be booked. A message to all patients, but aimed at those who have already had their first jab, asked people not to contact them to inquire about the second jab. “We understand why you are concerned but the simple truth is that we just don’t know,” a message from the GP group said. “We have to wait for delivery dates and strict guidance issued nationally, and through our Clinical Commissioning Group as to which groups of health and social care staff, and/or patient groups, to prioritise. “We will be in contact when we have been told we can go back to our original group of patients and deliver their second dose,” it added. What did Karin Smyth MP say? Karin Smyth MP appearing in the House of Commons on November 2 (Image: Parliament TV) Karin Smyth said the Government’s messaging was confusing, and she said she was demanding ‘more clarity and transparency’ from the Government over the roll out. “The Government have not yet explicitly set out their expectations for the hub, or let those involved know when they will begin to receive supplies of vaccines to use. “Bristol GPs have also expressed concern that recent Government announcements regarding the number of weekly vaccinations and the fluctuating period between people accessing the first and second dose of the vaccine are creating more confusion both for those delivering the vaccine and those receiving it,” she added. “We will always be indebted to the researchers, volunteers and NHS professionals who have worked at incredible pace to bring us a vaccine so rapidly – but we now find ourselves with a new set of challenges. “The Covid-19 vaccination programme will be the most complex task ever undertaken by our NHS, and it is vital that this Tory Government - which has been found wanting at so many points during this pandemic - do not let down the incredible NHS staff who continue to go above and beyond to tackle this pandemic. “The Government must provide more details on who will be given what vaccine, where and when, so that those administering the vaccine and those receiving it can have confidence in the safety and efficacy of the rollout. I’ll continue to press for more clarity so that together we can roll out the vaccine and rebuild our country,” she added. Bristol Live has asked the NHS in Bristol for clarity on the vaccination programme, and is awaiting a response.

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