Coronavirus UK Updates: Vaccine rollout may be delayed as IT system ‘failing constantly’

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Vaccine rollout may be delayed as IT system 'failing constantly'
Coronavirus UK Updates: Vaccine rollout may be delayed as IT system 'failing constantly'

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine could be delayed by technical issues, doctors and health officials have warned, after the first week of the vaccination programme was marred by difficulties with data collection.

GP practices have been forced to collect data on the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine by hand, following problems with the software being used to keep track of who has been given the jab.

A senior health official told Sky News that the IT system, known as Pinnacle, was “failing constantly” and that GPs were “having to record on paper and then transfer”.

The official said the problem could help explain why the government has struggled to publish figures on how many people have received the vaccination until Wednesday morning, when vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted what the Department for Health and Social Care described as “provisional” numbers.

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