Influential health campaigners say the rollout of Covid vaccines has been “chaotic” in parts of North and West London.
Hammersmith and Fulham Save our NHS (HAFSON) say they have heard reports of people successfully booking vaccine appointments by phoning their GP surgery, contrary to official advice.
The Campaign’s sister organisations in Brent and Ealing have heard similar stories, which they say risks causing “confusion” and “anxiety” among elderly people who have yet to be offered vaccination appointments.
Fulham resident Merril Hammer, a leading member of HAFSON, said: “The advice [from the NHS] has consistently been ‘do not ring, we will ring you’.
“It will cause chaos if people make their own decisions.
“What’s worrying about that is it will cause anxiety and confusion because some people will worry they’re missing out.”
The 74-year-old added: “It’s quite clear that some GP practices have been ignoring what they have been told to do.
“There’s an information vacuum that could play into the hands of the anti-vaxxers.”