In the last two days we have received over thirty telephone calls and many emails and comments from patients who have been told that their surgery is no longer providing injections because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is extremely worrying for patients who are due, or overdue, their injection and are suffering from the symptoms of B12 Deficiency including some with neurological symptoms.
We have written to all four Ministers for Health of the constituent countries in the UK, as well as their Chief Medical Officers. We have pointed out that injections of B12 for patients with Pernicious Anaemia are not just a supplement but are needed to keep patients alive.
We will be pointing out that B12 is included in the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines and patients with low B12 will have their immune system seriously weakened thus making them susceptible to viruses. As long as patients with Pernicious Anaemia keep getting injections, so that they are not deficient in B12, we are not at any more risk of getting Covid-19 than the rest of the population. And so it’s extremely important that patients’ life-saving injections are not stopped.
We have yet to receive a reply but will keep you updated.
If you have had your injections refused because of the Coronavirus: Information for patients whose surgery or health centre has closed or is no longer providing injections due to Covid-19
We hope surgeries that stopped giving injections will decide to make them available again or look for another solution. If you have had your injections refused and are extremely worried about your health, and you would be willing to speak to the media – both magazines and television, please email or telephone the office.