Richard Madeley has received the Covid booster jab along with his wife Judy Finnigan, and revealed his shock after learning the vaccination centre staff were not being paid.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 65, revealed that he received his third Covid jab earlier this month, while his wife Judy, 73, has also been topped up.
The booster vaccine is currently being offered to those who have been contacted by the NHS and who are either over the age of 50, or aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid.
You can only book an appointment for a booster dose if it has been at least six months since the second dose was administered.
Speaking about the booster on Tuesday’s GMB, Richard said to Dr Hilary Jones: ‘You were saying yesterday that the booster is fantastically effective and quickly too, you don’t have to wait the two [months] like you did the first two jabs.’
Susanna Reid interjected to correct him: ‘But you do have to wait for your booster. That’s the problem,’ while Dr Hilary confirmed: ‘Lots of people are still waiting to get the notification.’
Richard Madeley said he’s ‘lucky’ to have received the booster jab (Picture: Rex Features)
When Richard asked why the booster rollout has been so slow, Dr Hilary explained: ‘I don’t think it’s stocks, we’ve got plenty of stocks. We’ve relied so heavily on the good will of vaccinators that a lot of those vaccinators have disappeared.
‘So if you look at the figures of the number of vaccines being given, it’s slowing down considerably. Pharmacists are doing a fantastic job.’
Richard suggested: ‘We can fix that with a campaign to get more people to come forward again as they did do initially.’
Dr Hilary then highlighted the fact that so many of the vaccine centre workers are not being paid for the services in administering the jabs.
‘We need to reward them properly, a lot of people are doing it for nothing and that’s got to change,’ he said.
Richard then revealed: ‘I had my booster a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough because I’m old now, and nobody in the centre that both Judy and I were in, nobody was being paid. They were all there free of charge and they were working long days.’
Expressing his frustration, Dr Hilary said: ‘No other profession would tolerate this. It’s just astonishing that we rely so heavily on volunteers, on NHS workers, on GPs and pharmacists, and they’re not being rewarded for the job.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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