Chesterfield cleared over Covid-19 vaccine 'queue-jumping'

Surgery which gave early Covid-19 vaccines to players and staff at National League football club Chesterfield is CLEARED of wrongdoing after investigation ruled they were stopping the jabs from being wasted

  • Chesterfield were heavily criticised after it emerged three players and three non-playing staff received Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine early
  • National League club was slammed for ‘jumping the queue’ ahead of elderly and vulnerable people who needed the jab
  • But NHS investigation has cleared the surgery where jabs were administered
  • It found the vaccines would have been wasted had they not been used at time 

The surgery which administered Covid-19 vaccinations to six members of staff at National League club Chesterfield acted within NHS guidelines to ensure the jabs were not wasted, an investigation has concluded.

Three players and three non-playing staff were understood to have been given the Pfizer jabs earlier this year at the Stubley Medical Centre in Dronfield.

The matter was investigated by NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which said at the time of opening the probe that it was ‘unacceptable to jump the queue’.

National League club Chesterfield were criticised for accepting Covid-19 vaccines for three players and three non-playing staff earlier this year ahead of more vulnerable people 

But it has now concluded that the jabs were administered to the Chesterfield contingent in exceptional circumstances, to avoid wastage.

A statement from the CCG to the PA news agency read: ‘The NHS has a duty to follow up reports of vaccinations being administered to people outside of the cohorts as specified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

‘As such, NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG conducted a review of reported vaccinations outside of cohorts in one of our Local Vaccination Services (LVSs) on behalf of NHS England and Improvement.

‘The review found that a small number of patients who were not at that point in an eligible cohort had been vaccinated; the principal aim of the LVS in taking this action was the avoidance of vaccine waste.

However, an NHS investigation found the vaccines would have been wasted had they not been administered to the players and staff at the club  

‘This was done in line with NHS guidance that permits vaccinations for patients outside of the announced cohort in exceptional circumstances.

‘The matter is now closed and we continue to be very grateful to staff at the Local Vaccination Service for their significant efforts and success in delivering the vaccination programme to date.’

The club said at the time the news emerged that some of the six were classed as vulnerable and that they were told by the surgery that all other options had been exhausted and that the vaccine would have been wasted if they had not had the jabs.

It is understood the call to the club came about after earlier discussions in which they offered their facilities as a vaccination centre.

The club was told their staff could be placed on a ‘standby list’ if patients didn’t turn up for their Covid-19 vaccination 

The club are understood to have been told their staff could be put on a ‘standby list’ for a call if the surgery was unable to find anyone else willing to take up the appointments at short notice.

Chesterfield said on Tuesday they would not comment further on the matter.

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