Late-night Covid jabs would be refused by some – despite 24/7 rollout pledge

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged the 24-hours a day rollout of coronavirus vaccines – but some people may be reluctant to take part in a round-the-clock jab programme.

The government has come under recent criticism for its vaccine rollout scheme only taking place between 8am and 8pm and Mr Johnson said “we will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can”.

A poll of 2,137 adults by YouGov shows what times Britons would be willing to get their jabs – and the results are surprising.

It revealed just two in five (43 per cent) would be willing to have their Covid-19 vaccine appointment during the graveyard shift (between midnight and 5.59am), compared to 32 per cent who would turn down an appointment during these early morning hours.



The YouGov poll consulted 2,137 adults

More than half (56 per cent) of people would be willing to have their appointment between 6am and the current appointment start time of 8am, while only 21 per cent would be not be willing to having their shot this early.

At least seven in 10 people would be willing take appointments during current operating hours of 8am-8pm, with the most popular times being between 12pm and 5.59pm when 77 per cent of people would be willing to take an appointment.

Even after hours, most Britons are still willing to get their vaccine. Two thirds of people (67 per cent) would be willing to have an appointment between 8pm and 9.59pm, compared to just 12 per cent who would not.

Another 53 per cent would be willing to show up during the night between 10pm and 11.59pm for their vaccine, while around two in five (23 per cent) would prefer not to have an appointment so late in the night.

Meanwhile, Boots and Superdrug branches will be among the six pharmacy stores across England which will be able to administer the jabs from Thursday while the Government aims to hit its target of vaccinating all people in the four most vulnerable groups by the middle of next month.

Andrews Pharmacy in Macclesfield, Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, north London, Woodside Pharmacy in Telford, and Appleton Village pharmacy in Widnes will be in the first group to hand out the injections, alongside Boots in Halifax, and Superdrug in Guildford.



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