An e-newsletter from your MP, Mary Robinson.
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Welcome to my latest bulletin. Read on for my rapid update on the progress of the vaccine roll out so far, as well as the most recent developments as we protect those on the front line and our most vulnerable.
If you are in the first few priority groups, you will get called by your GP to offer your vaccine. You may leave your house and travel out of area for your vaccine, as this is a medical appointment.
Over 3 million vaccine doses have been administered. That's more than Italy, France, Spain and Germany combined!
The UK vaccination programme
Vaccines have been rolling out at high speed to those in the top priority groups. More than a third of over 80s have now been protected.
Not only have we seen the approval of the Pfizer vaccine and Oxford vaccines by the end of last year, but the first few weeks of January have heralded the approval of a third vaccine, Moderna.
In more good news, we've also had 200,000 people sign up to assist with the vaccination roll out, in roles such as stewarding. A big thank you to everyone helping to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history. If you would like to help, you can sign up to support our national effort here ([link removed]) .
With hundreds of thousands of people being vaccinated each day, it's no surprise that we've vaccinated the highest percentage of our population in Europe, and we are the third highest in world. Despite having less than 1% of the world's population, our country has given out 10% of all vaccinations.
There are now 223 vaccination hubs, including our very own Stepping Hill Hospital, and seven mass vaccination sites, including the Etihad Stadium.
A fantastic achievement in mere weeks - a big thank you to all our healthcare staff!
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the vaccine roll out!
Vaccines in our community
Vaccines are being rolled out locally at speed to the most vulnerable.
29 residents at Southfield care home in Gatley were amongst the first in our region to be vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab at the start of January.
And last weekend, residents at Southfield care home in Woodford as well as nearly 20 members of their staff received their vaccines, j
oining the bulk of care homes across the constituency.
In the borough, the majority of care home staff have already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Stepping Hill Hospital. In recent days we have also had the Eithad stadium open for mass vaccinations, as well as locations around the constituency.
Local care home staff have spoken of the emotional journey and their looking forward to being able to reunite residents with their relatives after only essential visitors being allowed in some care homes.
Vaccination is also a beacon of hope for the hard working staff, too. Many have made difficult decisions to not see their own children and grandchildren to avoid catching or spreading Covid to the residents they take care of.
We hope that by the end of January, everyone in care homes will have been vaccinated.
Again, a huge thank you to everyone that has worked so hard to make this possible.
In addition to regular casework correspondence, I receive a number of campaign emails and postcards each month regarding various topics. While I always prefer to get back to people directly in the first instance, each month I publish these views on my website. You can read these here ([link removed]) .
I hold regular surgeries both at my office in Cheadle Hulme and around the constituency. In-person surgeries are suspended at the moment in the light of the current situation. However, my team and I will be assisting on all enquiries so please do continue to get in touch with us.
Thank you for taking the time to read my latest e-newsletter. As ever, if there are any issues you'd like to raise with me then please do get in touch.
Mary Robinson MP
Member of Parliament for Cheadle
8A Station Rd | Cheadle Hulme | SK8 5AE
0161 672 6855
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