According to leaked documents, the booster jab program failed to reach hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable.
The private Whitehall analysis reportedly found just 170,000 of the estimated 470,000 people confined to their homes because of ill health had required a third shot.
There are concerns that few healthcare workers have signed up to assist with the deployment amid pressures elsewhere in the system.
Age UK has criticized the ‘general mess’ of the boost scheme and said it would be ‘disturbing in any situation’ but should be addressed immediately because of Omicron.
The discoveries, discovered by walkie talkie, showing that the rate of reaching vulnerable people in their homes is much lower than the 60% rate of people over 50 in general.
It’s unclear how many people are unable to attend GP surgeries, where the majority of the additional injections are being given, with some estimating it to be much higher than the 470,000 figure.
Sajid Javid said it made him ‘anxious’ when it was reported last week by the BBC that an 83-year-old man had been waiting more than a month to be home to visit.
Charles King, 91, from Guildford in Surrey told the paper he was told by the NHS two months ago he was qualified to do a stabbing because he was vulnerable but had not yet.
The RAF veteran called the situation ‘a complete disgrace’.
Last week, the government announced a new £30 incentive for healthcare workers making visits to deliver vaccines.
With the NHS trying to work through the unprecedented backlog created by the lockdown, there will be fewer hands to deploy the booster.
The government is counting on boosting immunity due to the third vaccination to keep hospitalization and death rates low through the winter.
Officials are also anxiously awaiting evidence generated from real-world studies and from experts at the Department of Defense’s Porton Down facility to see what vaccines have been used against the Omicron variant. how good.
An NHS spokesperson said: ‘Local NHS and GP teams are contacting eligible patients moving house and we are working closely with St John Ambulance to further support local areas. .
‘We are also providing additional funding to help local groups secure more staff so that all eligible inpatients receive boosters as quickly and safely as possible.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/06/covid-at-least-300000-housebound-people-still-havent-had-booster-15722567/ Covid: At least 300,000 people in homes 'still not boosted'