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Essex covid vaccine: Patients queue for hours in cold as vaccination centres run out of vaccines – Essex Live

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Elderly patients were reportedly forced to queue up outside vaccination centres for hours in the freezing cold only to be told they had run out of Covid-19 vaccines.

Basildon council leader Gavin Callaghan is urging the government to rethink their vaccine rollout strategy after claiming that two separate centres in Basildon, Essex, ran out yesterday (Friday, January 8).

It is claimed that pensioners in their 80s were among those waiting for hours outside the Holy Trinity Church vaccine centre close to Basildon town centre.

When they got to the front, they were told the centre had run out of vaccines and they would have to come back next week.

Similar scenes reportedly occurred at the George Hurd Centre nearby.

(Image: @CllrCallaghan)

Cllr Callaghan has called the roll-out in Basildon “madness”.

He tweeted: “If Boris Johnson wants to achieve the vaccine roll-out by mid-February we cannot repeat the scenes we’ve seen in Basildon today.”

He added: “80-plus-year-olds queuing for hours in the freezing cold only to be told the NHS has run out of vaccines so go home and come back next Friday.”

And it’s not the first time it’s happened.

In December, Cllr Callaghan wrote a plea to Health Secretary Matt Hancock after GP surgeries ran out of the vaccine.

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Earlier this week, Prime Minster Boris Johnson said that the government are aiming for all UK residents in the top four vulnerability groups to be vaccinated by mid-February.

However, confidence was hit when Matt Hancock visited a surgery in London to promote the vaccine roll-out, only for the surgery to confirm that they hadn’t received any doses of the jab.

Currently, Essex has the average highest Covid infection rate in England, with figures rising across the board.

The situation is especially worrying in Tendring, where confirmed cases more than doubled in the past seven days.