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Covid: Low uptake of jab causing 'crisis' at NHS trust


A health boss says his hospitals are in 'the teeth of a growing local crisis' over low uptake of the Covid jab. Richard Beeken, chief executive at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, said it had 60 coronavirus inpatients, eight of whom were 'critically unwell'. In a letter to staff, he said it was vital people had the vaccination to boost their protection. But following 600 calls to under-40s to encourage jabs, he said, fewer than 10 agreed to appointments. Mr Beeken wrote that intensive care units were full and urgent cancer surgery was 'under threat' due to Covid pressures faced by the trust.

BBC News - July 14, 2021

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