The Meads Medical Centre is awaiting news of a delivery date for its next supply of Covid-19 vaccine.
A delivery of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine had been expected on Saturday (January 9) ready for clinics on Sunday and Tuesday but that has been cancelled by NHS England.
Those patients due to receive their second dose of a vaccine next week should now all have been notified this will not happen as planned.
Second doses were being given, as expected, to patients at clinics being held this week.
‘First dose’ patients
Meads practice manager Charlotte Luck said a delivery was still expected so that vaccinations could continue next week, for ‘first dose’ patients but a date for its arrival was not yet known.
She said that in future the practice would be following new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which prioritises vaccinating a greater number of people with a single dose, to prevent more deaths and hospitalisations, than vaccinating a smaller number of people with two doses.
The JCVI says the second dose is still important to provide longer lasting protection and is expected to be as, or more, effective when delivered at an interval of 12 weeks from the first dose.
Charlotte said the Meads Medical Centre remains committed to doing everything it can to help people locally during the Coronavirus pandemic.
She said there were lots of challenges in undertaking the huge logistical exercise for all of the practices involved in the local covid vaccination effort, those other practices being Bird in Eye, Buxted, Mid Downs (Newick), and Herstmonceux.Despite the challenges, it has been done in great team spirit by all involved.
And she said the medical centre was grateful to patients for bearing with them as they awaited greater clarity about arrangements affecting them.
Charlotte said deliveries of the newly approved Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine are also awaited. It was likely that a nominal sum of the Oxford vaccines would be arriving at the surgery tomorrow (Thursday) with the first people due to be vaccinated with this vaccine being residents and staff at care homes.