There have been delays in the rolling out of the Covid-19 vaccination in Salford after no deliveries of the vaccine were made for at least 10 days after Christmas.
Despite Salford councillors being told all over-80s should have been offered the first does of the vaccine, only 4,423 people have been vaccinated in Salford so far, according to Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett.
This figure includes the over-80s age group and health and social care workers.
4423 vaccinated. Of these, 2197 over 80s and health & social care workers at Clarendon Leisure Centre. So much hard work has gone in, thanks to all involved at the council & NHS. Another 2600 appointments booked. Encourage relatives to take vaccine when contacted #SpiritOfSalford pic.twitter.com/FgwOYuqR5W
— SalfordMayor (@salford_mayor) December 24, 2020
A few Salford residents have been hit with rescheduled appointments as no deliveries had been made and some vaccination sites have yet to be properly set up.
This includes the site in Eccles that had been identified as a vaccination hub.
Jenni Smith is one local that fears for a family member and has said: ” My gran lives in Eccles and hers (vaccination appointment) was delayed by a week and hopefully she will have her first dose on Monday.
“She’s been isolating since before lockdown in March and really needs it as affecting her so much.
“She was okay through the summer as the people in her flats would all sit out etc and she would walk, but now it’s dark and slippy, she’s more housebound.”
Salford Council have admitted some “teething issues” at a scrutiny meeting yesterday but insisted they had no control over the vaccine.
There has also been confirmation that those who have received their first dose of the vaccine already, will receive their second dose with no delay.
The vaccination process should be back on track soon, however, and if you are registered with a GP surgery in Salford, they will call you to make an appointment.
For more information about this process, visit the NHS website.