Vaccine shortages across Nottinghamshire and a delay to jabs for people aged between 75 and 79 may last “until Thursday”.
People aged in this bracket were informed this week that their vaccinations will be delayed as the county battles with “lumpy” supplies of the jab.
A leading health boss said on Friday that there is “more for us to do” to manage the roll-out of the vaccination, with Nottinghamshire having among the lowest inoculation rates in the country.
Figures showed that just 25 people over the age of 80 have received their second dose, while more than half of people over 80 are still awaiting their first jab.
It led to a halt on expanding the vaccine programme to younger age groups, with teams “playing catch-up” across the county and managing issues with supply.
Speaking on the issue, David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said the issues were “not good enough”.
He said: “I am deeply disappointed to learn that there is a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines coming to Nottingham.
“The limited supply to our city has caused a delay in the roll-out of the vaccination programme to people aged over 75.
“This is not good enough. Our local NHS colleagues who are organising the vaccination roll-out locally are working hard to ensure the right people get their jab as quickly as possible.
“This week people over 75 have started to receive their letter from the NHS inviting them to book their vaccination – only to now be told they will have to wait until Thursday next week [January 28].
“I am calling on the Government and the NHS nationally to prioritise getting more vaccines to Nottingham so that we can protect older and more vulnerable people as quickly as possible.
“This must happen urgently.”
However, Mark Spencer, chief whip for the Government and Sherwood MP, believes the issues surrounding supply will be “put right and quickly”.
He adds that the Government is still “on track” to meet its targets for immunisation.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I think it will be put right and quickly.
“Across the country people are very keen to get the vaccine, and there are similar issues in Yorkshire and the North East.
“What we’re suffering with here is peoples’ expectations that we’re going to be able to vaccinate everybody this weekend, which is clearly not the case.
“We can only go at the pace in which the vaccine is available, we’re still sticking with the commitment of getting the top four bands done by February.
“That’s the first dose, which is still quite achievable and we’re on track.
“Clearly everybody wants to get the vaccine as soon as possible, and the Government wants to deliver it as soon as possible.
“But there are clearly limits to which the vaccine can be produced.”
Speaking on Friday, Dr Andy Haynes, executive lead for the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, said the picture would improve in the coming days.
He said: “We were hoping to progress [the over 75s] programme, but as it has been described the supply is a little lumpy at the moment.
“The vaccine that we have available is targeted to cohorts 1 and 2 – the care homes and 80 plus population.
“There’s just one or two issues we need to sort out with vaccine supply for the over 75s so we have suspended that at the moment.
“We expect to clarify that in the coming few days and as soon as that information is available we’ll go back and inform the over 75s of the programme and how we’ll move forward.”