Readers express their frustrations at trying to book Covid vaccinations after the health secretary urged the public to come forward
I listened with incredulity to the press conference given by the health secretary last Wednesday (MPs should set example in battle against Covid, says Sajid Javid. 20 October). At no point was there consideration of how housebound people such as my elderly mother can receive their Covid booster vaccinations, or indeed their flu vaccinations. Such people are very vulnerable to infection, not least because many are reliant on peripatetic carers. Sajid Javid said there are sufficient booster vaccines for those who are eligible and that there are resources to ensure delivery. This is not entirely true.
It is now over seven months since my mother had her second Covid jab. We have been battling since mid-September to get a booster vaccine delivered; 119 handlers tell me that it is the responsibility of GPs to ensure booster vaccinations are delivered to the housebound and they cannot help. Our GP surgery has simply had my mother on a “housebound list” for the last six weeks. That list has just been shared with the community team – district nurses who are extremely busy with their normal duties. I have no faith that a Covid booster or a flu vaccination will be delivered to my mother or other housebound patients any time soon. Sajid Javid needs to urgently explore what is happening on the ground and get a grip on this issue.