‘People not turning up’ Sarah Jarvis talks risk of Britons ignoring vaccine appointments

BBC Breakfast: Sarah Jarvis on vaccine hesitancy for under-30s

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The GP and television doctor spoke to Charlie Stayt on the BBC news show on Saturday to talk about the progress of the vaccine rollout. Speaking about the take-up of vaccinations among younger cohorts, she advised BBC Breakfast viewers to speak to their doctors if they have concerns before deciding to miss a vaccine.

Charlie asked Dr Jarvis: “There has been a concern that the younger cohorts may be less swift to take up the opportunity, have more questions. Are you seeing or hearing or feeling any of that?”

She replied: “We’re seeing a little bit of it, but I don’t think we’re likely to see it that much with the over 40s, it’s probably going to be when we get down to the over 30s and certainly when we get down to the under 30s.

“We are getting more pregnant women coming in, because of course they’ve been advised that they should have the vaccine in line with their age group, but they should ideally have the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine, and that’s causing some problems because there are challenges, we don’t necessarily know if we are going to get which vaccine and if you’re booking online you can’t tell which vaccine you’re getting.”

She later added: “We are getting a few more questions – we have got more data coming out about this very, very rare clot but of course most of the patients I see now are going ‘is there anything new’ and the answer is the only thing we’ve got new is that the chance of having this same, very rare clot if you get Covid is between eight and 10 times higher.

“So as a rule, no, people are certainly not turning up and then gong away, the only question is whether we have some patients who are not turning up – those are the ones who are likely to be more concerned.

“And I would really urge them to talk to their GP if they’ve got concerns.”

It comes as people in their 40s are now being asked to have their Covid-19 vaccine amid a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions. 

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