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UK to face ‘significant reduction’ in COVID vaccine supplies from 29 March

Written by on 17/03/2021

The UK is going to face a “significant reduction” in vaccine supplies from 29 March onwards, according to a letter from NHS England.

The letter – which has been sent to local vaccination sites across the country – says volumes for first doses are going to be “significantly constrained”.

Disruption could last for four weeks, and the government’s vaccines taskforce has told the health service that this is linked to “reductions in national inbound vaccines supply”.

From today, vaccination centres are being told to close unfilled bookings from 29 March onwards – and to ensure no further appointments are scheduled for the whole of April.

This could result in disappointment for those who were hoping to get their vaccine soon, and could cause delays for younger age groups.

Healthcare providers have now been told that those aged 49 and under should only be offered a vaccine in “exceptional circumstances” – such as if they are clinically vulnerable or a frontline care worker.

Efforts are also being stepped up to minimise wastage with existing supplies.

 Sky News

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