Health bosses concerned by a 'significant' drop in people coming forward for their vaccination in Leamington

Doctors are urging people aged between 50-59 to respond to their invite and not leave vaccinations unused in the fridge

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:07 pm

Health bosses are urging people to take up their vaccinations after a 'significant' drop in people coming forward for their jab in Leamington.

While the programme is still going very well across the town, the uptake for people aged between 50-59 has fallen - and the centres have unused vaccine that is about to expire at end of this week.

All people in this age bracket have now been invited but many have yet to respond.

Health bosses are urging people to take up their vaccinations after a 'significant' drop in people coming forward for their jab in Leamington.

Dr Ollie Lawton, clinical director for North Leamington Primary Care Network, said: "We can’t move on to next cohort until we have responses from 80 per cent of them, where a response is either declining the invite or booking an appointment.

"We are getting to the point where we will have vaccines leftover in fridges that we cannot use."

Dr Lawton said the reason for the slow update might be apathy or scepticism.

"Many might feel that they are not vulnerable but by having the vaccination, they can help stop the transmission in the community and protect others," he added.

"Even if they don't want it, we still need them to reply to let us know.

"If you have any questions and the safety of the vaccine, please speak to your doctor."

The good news is that about 32,000 people in Leamington have now received their first vaccine to date.

But 3,105 additional people who have been invited have yet to respond.

And only 82.8 per cent of clinically vulnerable patients have attended their vaccine. The vaccination team said it really wants to get that figure up to 90 per cent at least but they are struggling to attract them in.