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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Health chiefs have said they don't have a figure for how many Solihull residents have had the Covid-19 vaccine, amid mounting concern data is not being shared with local bodies. Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said that the programme continues "at pace" and insisted there were "sufficient supplies" of shots. But a spokeswoman was unable to confirm how many jabs had been delivered borough-wide, saying on Friday "the national data is all we have at the moment." Over the weekend, the Local Government Chronicle had reported concerns that councils and CCGs were not being kept in the loop and crucial figures on local uptake not being shared. Read More Related Articles Sign up to BirminghamLive's free politics newsletter for daily headlines Read More Related Articles Black Country Live newsletter - daily news direct to your inbox Locally Cllr Rosemary Sexton, Solihull Green Party's health spokeswoman, has raised concerns that questions were being "stonewalled" and that people "on the ground" not being allowed to speak. At last week's health and adult social care scrutiny board she had asked for the number of doses delivered in Solihull and also questioned if there was any hold-up which could pose problems. She cited a tweet from the @vac_sol account on January 2 which suggested that the roll-out to priority groups was "taking longer than we anticipated" amid "supply issues". Although after the meeting, the CCG attempted to allay fears and said: "We have sufficient supplies and more will be coming." The vaccination programme started in Solihull before Christmas. (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel) In a statement supplied to scrutiny, it had said there was a significant push to inoculate the over 80s and care home residents and staff, with initial indications that the local programme was running ahead of the national average. "While there are many sources of nationally produced information regarding the vaccine, we have created a website which pulls together these key resources and answers many of the frequently asked questions," said a spokesman. Although Cllr Sexton, who had requested an urgent update ahead of the meeting, said she was disappointed with a "written statement" and that the executive lead for the Solihull programme should have been invited to take questions. She has called for an update "in person" at the next scheduled meeting.
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Fears mounting Covid pressure could threaten other treatment Yesterday (Monday) the government published its vaccine delivery plan as it targets delivering at least one dose to the 15 million most vulnerable Britons by mid-February. This document did give a commitment to "ensuring" public health chiefs and other senior officials had access to the data to help "tailor efforts to reach those who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine appointment." This pledge followed the weekend's reports that there was mounting frustration at local authority level. Following the plan's publication, the Local Government Association (LGA) said councils needed more information to help with efforts, including uptake data broken down "by age, postcode, ethnicity and gender." Cllr Steve Caudwell, leader of Solihull's Green group, has echoed concern that communications were being "centralised" by NHS England which he feared could hamper efforts to encourage people to have the vaccine. A war of words erupted only last week about supply, when a cross-party group of politicians claimed stocks were due to run out in Birmingham on Friday (January 8). 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived on Thursday and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, warning of diminishing supplies, risked "misleading the public." But some primary care providers around the country have reported similar concerns about distribution - which could stand in the way of the government's ambition to hit two million doses a week. Speaking at the weekend, Mr Hancock said: "The cavalry is here courtesy of our vaccination programme and we have already protected more people through vaccinations than any other European country." The CCG's vaccine page is available here. The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) is hoping to run a more detailed Q&A feature in the next week or so.
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