The Somerset Guardian, 28th April 2021

This week, the Health Secretary, announced that adults in England aged forty-two and above are now able to book an appointment to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination. People who turn forty-two by 1st July 2021 are also qualified to receive the inoculation as the vaccine rollout continues.

Government figures show that more than 33 million people in the United Kingdom have received their first dose and almost 12.9 million are doubly immunised. The Health Secretary continues to praise NHS staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the rollout of the vaccination has gone smoothly and that targets have not only been met but have been surpassed.

The next major lockdown exit date will be 17th May when travelling abroad will be reviewed and indoor dining, entertainment and larger gatherings will be permitted (subject to the data), which will be a huge boon for business and ought to stimulate much-needed economic growth. The Government will also re-evaluate social distancing measures should the numbers prove favourable.

The Government has led by example with its vaccination programme and we should all feel proud of what has been achieved. However, we must also take time to think about what is happening in the rest of the world – in India especially – and hope that countries’ vaccination schedules can follow suit so that the ever increasing death toll is stymied and that their economies are able to rehabilitate as soon as possible.

I am delighted that medical equipment arrived in India recently from the UK. This was the first international consignment to be received by the country and is vital that any spare supplies and vaccinations are sent to those nations in the greatest need. We must all work together to finally take control of this pandemic and prosper once more.

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