The NHS has apologised for causing concern amongst residents in Shanklin after health workers went door-to-door offering a genuine COVID-19 vaccine.
Locals took to Facebook last week to raise awareness of what was assumed to be a scam targeting vulnerable and elderly individuals. However, it soon became clear that the cold calling was in fact legitimate.
Police were alerted to the situation and officers made enquiries to quickly ascertain if the pandemic was being used by tricksters. Thankfully, on this occasion, it was determined that there was no cause for concern.
The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now apologised for the situation.
It’s been confirmed that vaccinations had been taking place at Sea Gables residential home in Shanklin but 1 vaccine was left over. Not wanting to waste the sought-after dose, it was decided to offer it to nearby residents.
A spokesperson has said:
“We can confirm that a vaccine team operating in the Shanklin area had been vaccinating residents in Sea Gables residential home.
“They had one dose leftover and invited nearby people to have the vaccination, as if it was not used it would be discarded. Although the offer was given in good faith, we apologise for the confusion this has caused.”