The director of primary care for the NHS has urged people not to call their local GP practices despite the success of a 91-year-old who went viral in the US.
Last week Martin Kenyon phoned Guy’s hospital in central London and became one of the first people to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
He then went viral after taking part in an interview with CNN, where he mentioned parking difficulties, his “nasty lunch” and that he had not had time to tell his family he’s had the vaccine.
But despite his success in phoning, Dr Nikita Kanani, director of primary care at NHS England, urged against ringing GP practices as they started rolling out their vaccine programme Monday morning.
“The way we would really like people to access their vaccination is wait to be contacted. You can imagine that general practices are very busy, particularly on a Monday morning,” she told the Today programme.
“There’s a huge range of things that general practices are already doing so if we can ask for people to just wait a moment and wait to be contacted that would be very appreciated.”
The video of the interview can be seen here:
this interview wins the day pic.twitter.com/HtnjnyLZwg
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