By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria’s Director of Public Health has appealed for people to ‘be patient’ after receiving questions about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the county.
Posting on social media last night, Wednesday February 24, Colin Cox said he’d received lots of questions on the county ‘missing out on vaccines’ but assured his followers ‘everywhere has seen inconsistencies’.
He said: “Getting lots of questions about whether Cumbria is missing out on vaccines. Please don’t read too much into anecdotes from elsewhere…everywhere is following the priority list, but everywhere has seen inconsistencies, and the supply system tries to smooth rates out nationally.”
The Director went on to explain in the last week supplies of the vaccine have been down, but asks Cumbrians to be patient insisting ‘the simpler the priority list the faster the roll out’.
“This week supply is down, but it will pick up again in tbe [sic] coming weeks,” he continued.
“The vaccine programme is rolling out incredibly well, as fairly as possible and much faster than I expected. So please be patient – the simpler the priority list the faster the roll out!”
The most recent statistics stated over 100,000 people across Cumbria have received their first dose of the either the Pfzier or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Overall, 1 in 3 adults (35.6 percent or over 18 million) have received their first dose of the vaccine in the UK.