Medical centre urges patients not to miss vaccine appointments after 40 no-shows

vaccineTHE team at Bridport Medical Centre is urging patients not to miss their COVID vaccine appointment after a number of people did not attend the latest clinic.

About 1,500 were booked into the vaccination clinic at the surgery on Friday, but 40 people did not attend their booked appointment.

A spokesman said: “We are starting to see a number of ‘did not attends’ as the cohorts get younger. Forty patients did not attend for their vaccination on Friday.

“Not attending for a booked appointment could risk wastage of extremely valuable vaccine – vaccine that could have been offered to another person in cohort. It also results in the team having to work longer into the evening to get people down to the clinics as short notice, after a 12-hour day.

“Please help us to help you.”

The centre does have reserve lists of those next scheduled to come down and there are only usually extra doses as some vials will allow for an additional use, which vaccinators are authorised to use.

However, co-ordinating another 40 people to come down for a vaccine is “quite a task” for the team.

The spokesman added: “You’ll be pleased to hear all doses were used – even the doses that we were at risk of losing when a door was looked and wouldn’t open. Thanks to Lyme Bay Locks who came at short notice.

“We do appreciate that often busy lives can get in the way, hence people forget appointments.”

The medical centre is administering vaccinations for patients across Bridport, Beaminster, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

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