More than 100 people fail to show up for their second Covid shot in Darlington on a holiday weekend, raising concerns that dozens of doses could be wasted
- Darlington health care group reported that 129 people missed injections over the weekend
- Missed appointments have led to fears that vaccinations could now be lost
- 60 percent of people in the city have had their first dose, while more than a third have been fully vaccinated
Health workers were left furious after dozens of people failed to show up for their appointment to get a second coronavirus shot, sparking fears that the shots could be wasted.
Darlington’s primary care network sent a warning shot to the 129 people who missed their follow-up appointments over the holiday weekend.
The County Durham town lags the national average for the first doses of vaccinations, but is ahead of the second shot.
Data shows that 60 percent of residents have been vaccinated once, compared to 65.7 percent in the UK, but 35.8 percent are fully vaccinated, 6.9 percent above the current average for England.
Darlington’s primary care network sent a warning shot to the 129 people who missed their follow-up appointments over the holiday weekend
But the high number of shots missed while people were trying to enjoy a wet and windy party weekend has forced health workers to beg people to show up for their second dose.
The Darlington Primary Care Network tweeted: ‘Yes, we know it’s a public holiday, but 129 people were NOT in for their second dose appointments yesterday and they haven’t canceled.
“Our team is giving up their holiday and has this extra stress because we have another clinic today, so please show up to get your 2nd dose.”
Darlington Borough Council tweeted: ‘Please do everything possible to keep your second dose appointment in Darlington.
The County Durham town falls short of the national average for first-dose vaccinations, but is ahead of the second shot. Pictured: Derek Thomas receives the vaccine at the Darlington Arena Vaccination Center
The high number of shots missed while trying to enjoy a wet and windy bank holiday weekend has forced health workers to beg people to show up for their second dose
But if you can’t attend your appointment, get in touch with your vaccination center as soon as possible to let them know.
Doses can be wasted due to no shows. Please be considerate. ‘
Just last week, officials assured people in the northern city not to worry about the delivery of second doses.
Dr. Amanda Riley, Clinical Director of the Darlington Primary Care Network said: “The second dose is very important as it provides better and longer-lasting protection against Covid-19.
If you get just one dose, you won’t get the full effectiveness of the vaccine.
“ When you are contacted for your second dose appointment, make every effort to be there – it is essential to protect you and our communities from another spike in Covid-19 cases. ”
Britain passed the 50 million Covid vaccine milestone today, after another 250,000 injections were given yesterday. About 34.6 million people have now had their first dose, and 15.4 million – or 30 percent of all adults – have been fully vaccinated.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the ‘tremendous’ achievement and insisted we have a ‘great British summer’, while Boris Johnson said he could see no reason why England’s next scheduled relaxation on May 17 could not go ahead.
The prime minister told reporters on a visit to Hartlepool that the results of the vaccination push were “really starting to show up in epidemiology,” as cases remained low despite further rules being relaxed on April 12.
“ The way things are now, and the way it is, with the introduction of the vaccine as it is – we’ve taken 50 million shots as I speak to you today, a quarter of the adult population, one in four, has two shots, ”he said.