Covid vaccines are being sent back by GPs who can’t fill appointments — despite there being nearly 6million Britons who’ve still yet to take up the offer, MailOnline has learned.
Surgeries could not get enough of the jabs at the start of the inoculation drive in December, with millions of Britons rushing to book slots. But now demand has dried up in some areas, forcing health bosses to redistribute supplies to other locations where there is higher take-up.
No10’s scientific advisers say the UK may have already hit maximum uptake in its inoculation drive, with the number of first doses being dished out every day having halved in a fortnight to fewer than 60,000. Just 18,186 first doses were administered yesterday, in the worst daily performance since the vaccination campaign began in December.
Experts say Britain is reaching a natural end to its inoculation drive, with the number of people wanting a jab running low.
This is despite NHS England figures suggesting there are still 1.7million 18 – 24 year olds yet to be jabbed. Young people are more reluctant to get the vaccine because they do not see the virus as a threat, scientists say.
A GP in the North of England told MailOnline they were struggling to fill vaccination appointments even though everyone is now eligible.
They said their surgery ended up sending back some Pfizer doses last week because they were nearing the end of their month-long expiry date. This was the ‘first and only time’ they had returned any jabs during the eight-month drive.