Medics and science advisers have accused the government of bungling the rollout of Covid-19 boosters and school vaccinations in England, as concerns grow that the flailing campaign could force ministers to activate fresh restrictions:1618657200000,.
As a nationwide advertising drive launched this weekend, across billboardsinHouseArticle, radio and television, in an effort to rally interest in flu and Covid jabs, experts warned that the stuttering vaccination programme was not just the consequence of a fall-off in demand but also of logistical failures.
Roughly half the people eligible for their third dose have not yet come forward. About 4.5m people have received a booster shot in England, but more than 5m are yet to do so. Meanwhile, vaccination rates have dragged. In the week ending October 22, 1.8m shots were administered — half of the peak of the vaccine programme in April, when 3.6m were jabbed in a single week.
Prof Azeem Majeed, head of the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College London, said the NHS vaccine drive had “fragmented” and was “lacking national leadership”, referring to the “absence” of new vaccines minister Maggie Throup.
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