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Jab hub closed on Friday due to decline in bookings

April concerns over Oxford-AstraZeneca lead to day's closure

No doses of Coronavirus vaccine were administered on the Isle of Man on Friday (23 July). 

The Chester Street Hub in Douglas was closed.

Government says it was because of a decline in bookings due to concerns, sparked earlier this year, over the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.

In a statement provided to Manx Radio it says: "As we are now primarily on second doses the gap mirrors the decline in bookings when concerns were raised about AstraZeneca at this stage of the vaccination programme in April.  

"As you may recall many people wanted to switch to Pfizer but as supplies were limited at the time – there was only enough stock to administer two Pfizer trays a week – many cancelled their appointments and either rebooked at a later date for AstraZeneca once reassured or waited for Pfizer supplies to become available."

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