Elderly residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to be patient after bombarding surgeries with calls for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The plea comes as GP practices across the city have been inundated with calls from patients eager for the jabs.
The NHS has confirmed it will contact people in the priority groups – starting with the over-80s – when it is their turn to receive the injections.
Among the surgeries experiencing a high volume of calls is Hartshill Medical Centre.
A spokesman said: “We are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in calls regarding the covid vaccination.
“Please do not call the surgery – we will contact patients to arrange appointments at the appropriate time, as advised by NHS England.”
It is unclear how many people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have received a Covid-19 vaccination so far, as the Government is not publishing local figures.
A mass vaccination centre is set to open at an undisclosed location in Tunstall by the end of January.
However, Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Jo Gideon yesterday asked Boris Johnson whether the centre’s launch could be ‘expedited’.
Council leaders in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are also asking for Matt Hancock’s support in ramping up local Covid vaccinations to 75,000 injections a week.