More than 300,000 people confined at home have yet to receive Covid booster vaccines – .

More than 300,000 people confined at home have yet to receive Covid booster vaccines – .

Professor Azeem Majeed, a general practitioner in West London and head of primary care and public health at Imperial College London, said his office had chosen not to provide boosters, but stressed that the government had had “a lot of time” to come up with an effective new strategy.

“There is certainly too much variation in the delivery of jabs to people confined to the house, and this is a significant problem because many of those people are extremely vulnerable to Covid,” he said.

“But many general practitioners withdrew months ago. Many people have warned since the summer that we need to develop a new integrated system to deliver injections to people at home. Obviously, it failed. “

Deborah Hughes, 61, of Rochester, Kent, has been trying to get a booster shot for her 90-year-old mother, Mel, since late October.

“At the end of October, Mom became eligible for her booster shot,” she said. “Due to her status as housebound, I had to ignore text links to reserve a slot and contact the firm for advice. I was told it had nothing to do with them and to call the community nurses, who also told me that they had not been commissioned for the program.

“That left me with no other option but to contact Mom’s MP, who took care of her case. Recently it was said that the time to get immunity by Christmas is running out. If so, how many elderly and vulnerable people will be infected because of the contempt and incompetence of the medical commissioners? Serious questions must be asked regarding this failure.

Earlier this year, an access to information request showed that a fifth of primary care networks – groups of general practitioner offices – that participated in the first phase of the vaccination program had withdrawn from the second.

In a letter to the Telegraph, Dr Gary Howsam, vice president of the Royal College of GPs, argued that ‘throwing money’ at GPs was’ not a panacea ‘for increasing productivity, adding:’ General medicine is the foundation of the NHS and needs to be adequately supported to manage the ever increasing demand for care and ensure patient safety. “

An NHS spokesperson said: ‘Local NHS and GP teams are reaching out to their eligible homebound patients, and we are working closely with St. John Ambulance to provide additional support to local areas. We are also providing additional funding to help local teams find additional staff so that all eligible homebound patients are offered a recall as quickly as possible. ”


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