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NHS 'threatens legal action' against vaccine centre staff offering 'leftover' jabs to friends and family to stop them being wasted at the end of the day NHS vaccination centres offering leftover jabs to relatives and friends of staff   Senior sources in NHS calling for legal action to be taken against the centres     Today it was revealed total of 6.4 million Britons vaccinated since rollout began

By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline

Published: 02:02 GMT, 25 January 2021 | Updated: 02:06 GMT, 25 January 2021

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NHS vaccination centres are offering 'leftover jabs' to relatives and friends of staff who do not fall within the top four priority groups, it has been reported. 

Friends and family of staff, who are under the age of 70, have been invited to take the vaccination in an effort to avoid any Pfizer vaccines, which come in boxes of 975 doses and can only be stored for five days once thawed, from being thrown away.

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However senior sources in the NHS are now calling for legal action to be taken against centres that are in breach of national policy. 

It comes after Matt Hancock today revealed that three quarters of over-80s have received doses of the jab - with a total of 6.4 million Britons vaccinated since the roll out began.

NHS vaccination centres are offering leftover jabs to friends and family of staff who are under the age of 70 to avoid them being thrown away. (Stock image)

NHS vaccination centres are offering leftover jabs to friends and family of staff who are under the age of 70 to avoid them being thrown away. (Stock image)

In parts of Kent, Essex, Buckinghamshire and south London, friends and family who did not fall within the top four priority groups were understood to have been invited to take the vaccine, The Telegraph reports.  

Meanwhile one source said that friends and family as young as 30 were being given the jab by staff at a centre in Liverpool.   

At Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, friends and family in their fifties were also reportedly invited for the leftover vaccines.  

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