Downing Street has said that there is no need and no demand for vaccines to be offered after 20:00 after it was suggested that this might speed up the process. Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, had said to the Times that the national vaccination process could be completed within five days if there was the political will.
“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated”.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“If you go and have a chat with the NHS, they will say that when they are asking people who are being offered vaccinations, and they’re asking what time it would suit them, if people say they would love an appointment after 8pm, then that is something that they will consider. My understanding is that, at the the moment, there’s not a clamour for appointments late into the night or early in the morning. If that was the case then it was something the NHS would consider.”