Royal Mail latest news: Postal delays ‘putting Covid vaccination programme at risk’ | UK | News [Video]

Matt Hancock outlines details of UK vaccine delivery plan

Royal Mail chiefs have admitted some areas of the country are suffering delays to regular deliveries. They are blaming the disruption on high levels of coronavirus-related staff absences combined with an increased workload due to a surge in online shopping sparked by extended lockdown restrictions.

Poor service from Royal Mail means constituents are waiting weeks for post, including vaccination invitations

David Lammy

Labour MP David Lammy claims some of his constituents were waiting weeks for their mail and warned the delays could be putting people's lives at risk.

The Tottenham MP tweeted: "Poor service from Royal Mail because of staff shortages means constituents are waiting weeks for post, including vaccination invitations.

"This is putting lives at risk in the N4/N8 area. It needs to be sorted out ASAP."

Postal delays are holding up Covid vaccine letters (Image: PA)

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