Regional mayor to seek answers over cuts to Covid-19 vaccines supply

NHS sources have said the North West will have the amount of doses being sent cut significantly in February.
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The Covid-19 vaccine supply for the region could be cut by as much as a third to allow other parts of the country to catch up and because of national shortages.

The HSJ reported there will be two reductions in the doses being sent to the North West in the first two weeks of next month.

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the move given the toll the novel coronavirus has taken in the city-region.

The North West may receive fewer Covid-19 doses in FebruaryThe North West may receive fewer Covid-19 doses in February
The North West may receive fewer Covid-19 doses in February

Mr Burnham tweeted: "I will be asking further questions about this. As one of the hardest-hit regions, I am far from convinced that this is right or fair."

According to NHS England statistics, around 310,000 jabs were administered in the North West in the week up to January 24.

This means the region has vaccinated around 12 per cent of its total population, the second-highest proportion in the country behind the South West.

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Last week the North East and Yorkshire had supplies reduced due to the progress being made on vaccinating priority groups.

There have recently been several suggestions that there are significant constraints on vaccine supplies from the manufacturers Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

NHS England’s North West directorate said in a statement: “The North West is being fully supplied with all the vaccinations needed to offer vaccination to everyone across the region aged 70 and above, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable patients, and health and social care staff.”

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