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Trust chiefs get Covid-19 jab while some people over 80 are still waiting

Vaccination programme failing to get priorities right, claims top GP

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The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Dr Tom Black

Dr Tom Black

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The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Danny Lawson/PA)

The chief executives of health trusts have received a Covid-19 vaccine while some patients over 80 years old are still waiting for the potentially lifesaving jab, it has emerged.

The row over the vaccination programme intensified on Wednesday night as a leading doctor hit out at the system that means healthcare staff working at home have been given priority over those most at risk of dying from the virus.

Guidance from the UK advisory body the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) states that “as the risk of mortality from Covid-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age”.


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