A high profile doctor said patients had turned down the option to get the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, saying they would “wait for the English one.”
Paul Williams, former Stockton South Labor MP, said it shows the consequences of nationalism as it delays a stab at the height of the pandemic.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was made available to patients in early December, while the Oxford / AstraZeneca version was approved on December 30th.
Dr. Williams was a general practitioner before turning to politics, continued to visit patients while he was a MP to maintain a connection with them, and has worked on the NHS fight against Covid-19 since he was voted out in 2019.
On Twitter, he wrote: “Some local patients turned down an offer this weekend to get a Covid vaccine when they found out it was the Pfizer vaccine. “I will wait for the Englishman”.
“People at risk of death in the depths of a pandemic. A lesson that nationalism has consequences. “
He made it clear that these patients will later receive the Oxford vaccine – but time may be against them.
Dr. Williams told the PA news agency: “They will stay on the priority list.
“(The) Oxford (vaccine) is not here yet, but when it is it will be offered to them.
“Sometimes patients need some time to decide these things, but time is not on our side here!”
Dr. Williams was inducted onto the New Years Honor Roll for his services to Parliament and health care.