With some government concern about a “lacklustre rollout” of the Covid vaccine booster programme, the prime minister has urged everyone over 50 to get their booster jabs when they get the call.
The booster programme has had a rather hesitant start, as initially, some older patients were unable to secure an appointment. But this week, the national booking service (NBS) seems to be fully operational and has had its busiest week of bookings. Nearly half a million jabs were booked nationally for sessions this week. Centres across the country have suddenly been very busy.
At the Tilling Green centre, after a couple of quieter weeks, we are seeing unprecedented numbers. Over 550 came through in seven hours on Tuesday. Even after a wait, most who attended were delighted to get their jabs. Importantly, our willing volunteers exercised great teamwork to manage the process. With some patients having mobility or other serious clinical issues, the process can take time and demand a significant attention by everyone.
The NHS will continue to contact all eligible patients, full eligibility details were covered last week, to offer vaccine.
To help the Rye centre plan, patients in every category are encouraged to book via NBS online or by calling 119.
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