By NAINA BHARDWAJ

Covid-19 vaccination centre in Liverpool, UK on February 8, 2021.Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images
  1. Liam Thorp, 30, was told that he qualified because the measurements gave him a BMI of 28,000.
  2. The NHS (United Kingdom National Health Service) considers those with a BMI of between 30 and 39.9 obese and in priority group six.
  3. He was told that his doctor’s surgery incorrectly entered his details when he registered.

A British man was offered priority for a COVID-19 vaccine after the NHS (United Kingdom National Health Service) listed him as being 6.2cm (2.4 inches) rather than 6 foot 2 inches tall.

Liam Thorp, 30, was told that he qualified for the vaccine because the measurements would have given him a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28,000, around 1,000 times higher than the UK average of 27.6.The NHS considers those with a BMI of between 30 and 39.9 obese and in priority group six of the country’s 10 risk group system which was why Thorp was informed that he qualified for a shot.

Thorp, who has been political editor of the Liverpool Echo newspaper since 2018, described his experience in an article.

He said: “I was under the impression that when offered a vaccine you should always accept, so I booked an appointment straight away.”

But the more I thought about it and spoke to others, the more I felt uneasy about the situation, with so many more vulnerable groups yet to be offered a jab.” So he called the doctor’s surgery to clarify.

Thorp, who has no underlying health conditions, received a “bizarre” call back the next morning and was told that his details has been entered incorrectly when he registered there last year.

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