Wheelchair provider, Millbrook Healthcare, has denied doing anything wrong after the BBC reported the company told staff it has access to COVID-19 vaccinations “through a back door”.
The suggestion was made in an email sent by the Kent-based firm, which supplies wheelchairs and assistive technology to the NHS.
Millbrook said it had given all employees to the booking system, which will check their eligibility.
The BBC said it had been shown part of an internal email, which reads: “Through a back door we have access to vaccinations in Aylsham on Saturday and Sunday of this week.
“If you would like to get yours booked, please follow the instructions below… Team leaders and managers please pass on to those who do not have email access.”
The company said it shared the link to the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust portal – which is co-ordinating vaccinations in the area – “with our colleagues who are considered frontline”.
It added: “Colleagues have been given access to the portal to enter their details, including their job role, which will then be checked by the system against the details that the commissioners hold. Colleagues will get vaccines booked in line with the trust’s vaccine policy.”
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, which is overseeing vaccinations in the area, is understood to have asked the firm to clarify priority eligibility rules for staff.
A spokeswoman for the Trust told the BBC: “We are vaccinating the priority cohorts as determined by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) and have asked Millbrook Healthcare to make this clear to their staff.”