Wera Hobhouse has quizzed the Health Secretary over the rollout of booster jabs in Bath. Residents have been in touch as they have been unable to book their appointments.
The UK’s Covid Alert Level has been raised from 3 to 4, its second highest level, because of evidence that Omicron, a new variant of the virus, is doubling in the UK every two to three days. In response, the booster jab will be administered to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months prior.
Wera Hobhouse MP commented afterwards, stressing the importance of being cautious:
“It’s not acceptable that people in Bath can’t easily get a booster jab appointment. I’m pleased that the Secretary of State has assured me that there will soon be more services available for people in Bath. Boris Johnson’s panicked announcement has caused chaos and confusion. The Government’s failure to prepare for increased booster delivery properly means that NHS websites have crashed, lateral flow tests are running out, and all the health professionals working so hard to get people vaccinated have been left scrambling to fix this mess of the Government’s own making. With GPs and their teams being told to drop routine duties to administer the boosters, many patients are worried about what this means for their treatment. I urge residents across Bath to be very cautious and to get boosted as soon as you can.”