Buxton MP proud of Britain's world-leading Covid vaccination programme
At the time of writing this, nearly 10 million people have now received a Covid vaccine dose, making the UK vaccination programme one of the most advanced anywhere in the world.
Last week, I was pleased to do my first shift as a volunteer steward at the vaccine site at Glossop Cricket Club, helping ensure people got in and out safely.
Everything was so well organised and planned carefully to keep everyone safe, with 750 people successfully vaccinated.
The vaccine rollout is also going well across the whole High Peak, with the two other vaccine sites at Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton.
I’m really glad that vaccine clinics have been successfully run in New Mills as well.
High Peak is one of the leading areas anywhere in the country for rolling out the vaccine and it’s wonderful to see our area leading the way, and I am so grateful to everyone involved and doing such an amazing job.
Nationally, we are making huge strides and every eligible care home with older residents has now been offered a vaccine.
Protecting the most vulnerable has always been the priority, which is why care homes and their staff have been prioritised in the vaccine rollout.
We also got the good news that another vaccine has shown really promising results in its UK trials.
It has shown to be around 90 per cent effective in preventing coronavirus and is effective against the new UK variant.
Even better, it’s being manufactured in the UK and we’ve already got 60 million doses ordered.
The fact that several different vaccines have been successfully developed in such a short period of time is a remarkable achievement.
We owe so much to all the scientists, researchers and volunteers involved, getting us through this pandemic.
In light of Britain’s progress with the vaccine rollout, it was deeply disappointing to witness the EU’s actions last week.
The pandemic is a global crisis and that means we all have to pull together to fight the virus .
Remember, every jab isn’t just saving lives, it is a step closer to being able to ease restrictions and get back to normal.
Let’s all follow the rules, take care of each other and stay safe.
Robert Largan is MP for High Peak.