Bloke, 32, offered Covid jab because NHS admin blunder had him down as 6cm tall

A journalist was told he could get a jab for Covid-19 because he was only 6.2cm tall, according to NHS records.

Liverpool Echo's Political Editor, Liam Thorp, 32, was so surprised to have been offered the vaccine that he asked his GP why he was in line for it so soon.

Unbelievably he was later told that his BMI had been noted as off the charts at 28,000 instead of a healthy 24 because his six foot two height had been registered at his surgery as 6.2cm.

Liam told the Echo : "When I received a text saying it was time for my first Covid-19 vaccine I was really surprised – but what came next was frankly surreal.

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"I'm 32 years old with no underlying health conditions, and while I could be described as on the chunky side, I wouldn't have thought of myself as clinically obese (even after lockdown).

"So I rang my GP to ask if there had been a mistake and was told that I had been placed into Group 6 of the priority list because of my weight.

"What followed was one of the more bizarre phone calls of my life.

"A nervous sounding chap on the line began quietly explaining to me that there had been a mix-up in offering me a vaccine at this stage.

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"The man from the surgery took a sharp intake of breath and tried to remain composed as he informed me that rather than having my height registered as six foot two, it had been put into the system as 6.2 centimetres."

Dr Fiona Lemmens, chair of Liverpool CCG said: “I can see the funny side of this story but also recognise there is an important issue for us to address. There are millions of GP appointments taking place every day and while we take care to make sure records are accurate occasional data errors do occur.”

“We are grateful to Liam for his honesty and for alerting his GP practice when he received his vaccination invitation. We would encourage anyone who has received a text invitation that they think they are not eligible for at this stage, to contact their GP practice to clarify. This will help ensure that more vulnerable people get vaccinated first.”

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