Responding to the latest Downing Street press conference, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“That over 10 million people have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is an amazing achievement and testament to the hard work and effort of NHS staff who deserve enormous praise in reaching today’s milestone.
“However, whilst there are encouraging signs of improvement and with news that the second wave has now peaked, infection rates are still very high and the NHS remains under immense pressure. It’s important that we have a clear understanding of the national picture, including those who have yet to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated so that we can understand whether certain communities or groups continue to be at greater risk from COVID-19 and therefore will need tailored and targeted engagement as the programme continues.”
“Also, we need both clearer information on how well the vaccines will guard against important and ever-changing COVID-19 mutations and better visibility on supply and delivery of the vaccines.
“For the time being the best thing to do is keep observing the restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in all its variants as much as we can.”