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Hospitals 'could lose their licence' if they dish out second doses of Covid jabs before 12 weeks as doctors warn controversial dose-spacing strategy is putting patients at risk NHS hospital in Southampton warned staff not to give second doses early Government is stretching doses as far apart as possible to make supplies last But medics are concerned it offers less protection and isn't scientifically sound 

By Sam Blanchard Deputy Health Editor For Mailonline

Published: 13:01 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 13:02 GMT, 21 January 2021

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NHS hospitals could be banned from giving out Covid vaccines if they don't stick to the strategy of delaying second doses by three months or longer.

An internal memo sent to staff at a hospital in Southampton and seen by The Independent warned that second doses must not be given out too soon.

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The Government in Britain has gone against vaccine manufacturers' instructions to space out the first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 12 weeks or more instead of the recommended three weeks.

The controversial decision was made to try and stretch the limited supply of jabs to cover as many people as possible, rather than offering stronger protection for a smaller number.

But it has drawn sharp criticism from

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