The vaccine schedule at Cornwall's two mass vaccination centres is to pause during April as a result of a national shortage.

The reduction in supply which has been described as "significant," has been widely reported.

NHS England has been notified by the Government's Vaccines Task Force that available supply from manufacturers will be limited from next week, starting from March 29.

As a result, Covid-19 vaccinations will be temporarily paused at both Stithians Showground, from April 1 to 12, and at the Royal Cornwall Showground from April 1 to 19.

NHS Kernow said it was following guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the priority three category and when to administer second doses.

However, it stressed that everyone who has been invited for their first vaccination will receive it.

Anyone over the age of 50, with a health condition or who is a health and social care worker should continue to book online or by calling 119.

It has also been confirmed that a small number of people who already have a vaccination booked at Stithians Showground or the Royal Cornwall Showground during early April may have to have it rescheduled, but they will be contacted by NHS Kernow directly and will not have to get in contact themselves.

The pause does not affect vaccinations being carried out in GP surgeries or participating community pharmacies.

Around 60 per of Cornwall's population has now received their first dose of the vaccine - more than 250,000 people since December.