The Somerset Guardian, 27th January 2021

This week, I received confirmation from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment that two more centres have been opened in and near to North East Somerset to deliver the Coronavirus vaccination.

The new hubs at the Bath and West Showground and Bath Racecourse are in addition to some local GP surgeries and the Ashton Gate Stadium that was opened a couple of weeks ago for those prioritised to receive their inoculation.

People aged seventy-five years old or over are now also being invited to book a vaccination at the centres or at one of more than seventy pharmacy services in operation. If people cannot travel to a Vaccination Centre they can be vaccinated by a local GP service or a hospital hub.

I am delighted that the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in the history of the NHS history, is off to such a strong start. NHS staff continue to work tirelessly around the clock not only to care for those affected by the virus and non-Corona illnesses or ailments but also to expedite the immunisation delivery.

I have received messages from some concerned constituents about the way in which the vaccine is being delivered, often wondering why they or family members in this category have not yet received an appointment. The Minister has provided reassurance that all people aged eighty years old or above will continue to be prioritised for the inoculation and asks them to wait until they receive communication from the NHS.

It is important to remember that while transmission rates continue to be so high the NHS remains under serious pressure but Israel has seen a considerable improvement following its vaccine programme so it is to be hoped that the same will happen here.

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