Bridport Medical Centre asks patients not to request specific COVID vaccines

Nigel Whitaker is given the Covid vaccine by Carly Reed at Bridport Medical Centre

PATIENTS have been asked not to request specific COVID-19 vaccines after another busy clinic at Bridport Medical Centre on Friday. 

The medical centre reported on a successful vaccination clinic, with almost 1,500 vaccines given to patients from across Bridport, Beaminster, Charmouth and Lyme Regis, thanks again to an army of volunteers helping the day run smoothly.

A spokesman for Bridport Medical Centre said: “The only issue we faced was patients requesting a particular vaccine – usually AstraZeneca/Oxford.

“We receive stock of both vaccines and may be vaccinating using either vaccine during any session. The clinicians will check suitability for both vaccines as part of the consent process.

“Please do not request, or indeed get angry with our staff, when the vaccine you are being offered is not your preferred choice. This only serves to cause confusion and delay in our incredibly busy clinic.

“Refusing a suitable vaccine also results in potential wastage and an appointment lost for someone still waiting to be invited.

“The most important thing here is to receive a vaccine.”

Woodmead Halls

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