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14th Jun, 2021

County Council chiefs accused of jumping Covid-19 vaccine queue

Harry Leach 29th Jan, 2021

SENIOR members at Worcestershire County Council are accused of jumping the Covid-19 vaccine queue.

The authority’s chief executive Paul Robinson reportedly received the Pfizer vaccine despite claims of being healthy and not in the high-risk category.

He was joined in getting the jab by 36-year-old Jonathan Fitzgerald-Guy, the council’s assistant director for transformation and commercial.

Mr Guy was criticised after saying on social media that he had received the vaccine.

But the County Council said the vaccine given would have gone to waste if not used due to its short shelf life.

A council spokesperson said: “This is not a case of queue jumping for the vaccination and this council doesn’t condone any such behaviour.

“The vaccination programme for Worcestershire is run by the NHS, not us.

“The decision was taken by the Herefordshire & Worcestershire CCG in discussion with other NHS Partners to offer vaccinations at short notice to avoid wastage.

“We understand that other partner organisations in Worcestershire were also invited to ensure no vaccines were wasted. This after the local hospital hub was unable to make use of all the vaccines and because the Pfizer vaccine concerned would only remain useable for a few hours.

“The decision to offer vaccines to system partners was made by the NHS.

“We are aware of the sensitivity around this issue and the council did double-check with the CCG that these offers could be made, and this was confirmed.”

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