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The Government’s plans to issue the vital coronavirus vaccine to more than 15 million people by February could be jeopardised as hospital trusts have urged people to stay at home following heavy snow and freezing rain. 

Some older patients in the north of England and in Scotland – who are the most vulnerable to the virus – have been told to rebook their vaccinations appointments to avoid the bad weather.

Those scheduled to visit Newcastle’s Centre for Life mass vaccination hub have been told to stay inside following heavy snow and icy weather.

The Newcastle NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust advised people to ring 119 to rebook their coronavirus vaccine appointment.

They tweeted: “It’s easy to do by calling 119.

“No need to risk travelling in the bad weather.”

Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.

“People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible.

“The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

“In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.”

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