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Vaccine delivery raises hopes in Covid-19 battle

First Oxford/AstraZeneca doses in borough, after around 2,000 Islington residents received Pfizer-BioNTech jab before Christmas

08 January, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

THE first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations arrived in Islington yesterday (Thursday), sparking hope that the number of people receiving the jab could increase rapidly in the coming weeks.

Dr Ben Smith, of the Killick Street Health Centre in King’s Cross, who is chairman of the Islington GP Group which is organising the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the borough, said: “Vaccinations are going really well. It’s always a positive experience with patients in what can be a miserable climate at the moment.”

Asked if the changing guidance from the government had had an effect on the rollout, Dr Smith said: “I think it is difficult. The argument to give more people one dose is strong and we believe in it going forward, but there are logistical issues in terms of cancelling people [at the] last minute.”

Around 2,000 Islington residents had a Pfizer-BioNTech jab before Christmas and had been scheduled for a booster dose three weeks later. This may now have to be postponed, with the government instead trying to get more people vaccinated with a first dose.

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