THREAD (1/3): I’ve just found out that one region in the UK has paused all vaccinations for a week, because they cannot find the staff 😮. This is because the government have not adequately supported NHS staff- the vaccine programme is a huge, largely unsupported effort.
(2/3) Many GP practices for example are very over-stretched, with staff working extra shifts and pulling out all the stops to deliver vaccines. However, with cases spiralling, the government need to step up and support by providing trained staff (perhaps by enlisting the army).
(3/3) I’m hearing that NHS staff in the area with paused vaccines are desperately worried about vulnerable patients and are scrabbling for solutions. As soon as I know more, I’ll tweet. Watch this space. 💥🚨@EveryDoctorUK
UPDATE (1/2): have just heard that this area will RESUME vaccinations tomorrow. I’m not going to name the trusr publicly on this occasion, because the re-starting will have involved a massive effort from NHS staff, and judging by my own inbox this pm, naming the trust will...
(2/2) attract a lot of press attention. My tweeting about this has, however, pushed other staff to come forward about problems in their areas. And I’ll be tweeting about those as soon as I get concrete proof about what’s happening 👍

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