Responding to updated guidance
on administering the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Our members recognise the huge difference the vaccination programme will make to their communities in the coming months. They especially welcome the updated guidance that means that health and social care staff will have access to the vaccine: this is an essential step to protecting staff from infection and supporting the care of patients with Covid as well as maintaining the vaccination programme itself.
"There is however enormous concern about the short notice given to our teams, especially in primary care, to cancel and rebook those who were due to attend NHS facilities for a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine next week, which is already leading to confusion and anxiety for patients. We recognise that policy needs to change as we learn more about the vaccine and the impact of significantly increasing cases. However, there is a pattern of short notice being given to NHS teams and their patients regarding profound changes to the response to Covid. As ever NHS teams will pull out all the stops to respond to the change over this coming weekend, but the government must do more to explain to the public the impact of the changes they have decided to make to the vaccination programme. They must also acknowledge the impact this is having on tired NHS workers and the knock on effect on other services they provide.”