Covid-19 vaccinations: Selsey Medical Centre cannot offer first dose for the 'foreseeable future'

Selsey Medical Centre has been affected by a lack of vaccine deliveries.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:14 pm

The surgery said it 'has been promised' that the first wave of vaccine for second doses will begin to arrive 'at the beginning of April'.

However, the centre said it will not receive supply for first doses anytime soon.

A spokesperson said: "We are sorry but we won’t be getting any more vaccine for first doses for the foreseeable future and the few remaining over 50s will need to book into a mass-vaccination site, such as Westgate for theirs.

Selsey Medical Centre said a record-breaking 800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered on Saturday alone. Photo: Getty Images

"It’s frustrating for all concerned, but we hope you understand that we have done our best to provide this locally."

This comes after the Sussex NHS Commissioners revealed that over three quarters of all priority groups have now received their Covid-19 vaccination in Chichester. Read more hereThe systems developed at the Selsey Centre are said to still be working 'fantastically well'.

"When we received a one-off batch of AstraZeneca last weekend, all previous records were broken with over 800 doses delivered on Saturday alone," the spokesperson added.

"Vaccination figures for our population are good news too; over 91 per cent of people in cohorts 1-9 (the 'first phase') in Selsey have had their first dose."

The surgery said that when deliveries of the second dose are confirmed, the bookings team will 'begin to contact the first groups', who originally came in mid-January.

Everyone who came to Selsey or Tangmere should be contacted 'in due course' for their second appointment, which will be 'approximately 11 weeks' after the first.

The spokesperson continued: "You should expect to be called to the same site as your first dose and will also have the same type of vaccine.

"Care homes and housebound patients will also be visited in the same way as before.

"We were impressed by the support that many showed by helping their elderly neighbours, friends and family members to organise and attend their appointments last time.

"We hope you will be able to do so once more, so that everyone can get their second dose, and we can all look forward to better times ahead."