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The government has insisted it will work with Royal Mail to ensure postal delays don’t prevent elderly people from having their coronavirus vaccinations.

Two Labour MPs have raised concerns that delays to postal services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could mean Britons miss out on their jabs.

However, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the government will work alongside Royal Mail to ensure hundreds of thousands of appointment letters are sent out on time this week.

It comes as seven large-scale vaccination hubs were opened across the UK on Monday, as the government aims to give COVID-19 jabs to 15 million people by the middle of February.

Zahawi said the UK is aiming to emulate Israel by spending just four minutes vaccinating each person.

But on Sunday, Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford North, tweeted: “More than half a million letters inviting people to be vaccinated will be sent in the coming days.

“Royal Mail delays have been so bad - because COVID is knocking out staff - that I am worried about them arriving.”

Streeting’s party colleague, MP for Croydon Central Sarah Jones, tweeted: “Received an email this morning from a very anxious pensioner about this very issue. It’s a real concern and needs addressing.”

Streeting asked the vaccines minister on Twitter if there is a way to prioritise appointment letters, to which Zahawi replied: “We will make sure we work with Royal Mail to ensure this happens.”

In a statement on its website on Monday, Royal Mail said: “Despite our best efforts and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

Wes, We will make sure we work with @RoyalMail to ensure this happens.

— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) January 10, 2021

“This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices to keep our people and customers safe.”

At the weekend, the BBC reported that many people aged 80 and over were left confused by NHS letters asking them to travel to vaccination centres many miles away from their homes.

The first 130,000 letters were sent to people in that age bracket who live up to 45 minutes’ drive away from one of the seven new regional vaccination hubs - but many said that was too far.

On Monday, Zahawi said most people currently had “about a 45-minute drive” or less to a vaccination centre, but his aim was that no one in the UK was “more than a 10-mile radius” away.

He told Times Radio he wanted to reach the point where people could simply walk into their community pharmacy or local GP to receive a vaccine.

He said the vaccine rollout could take place 24 hours a day when there are high enough levels of jabs.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we need to go to 24-hour work we will absolutely go 24 hours a day to make sure we vaccinate as quickly as we can.”
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Wonder when the company will change the record from "fail mai!".

Shocking, shameful and unsurprising.
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