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 over 65 or clinically extremely vulnerable, you are now being invited for vaccination. Your GP will contact you to offer an appointment. You may leave your house and travel out of area for your vaccine, as this is a medical appointment.
More than 15 million people have had a vaccine, that's nearly 1 in 4 adults!
Vaccine target met!
We've met our target of offering those eligible in the top four priority groups a vaccine by mid-Feb!
A very high percentage of those people have taken up the jab have been vaccinated in recent weeks, with more than 15 million people receiving the jab. Those in the the top four priority groups are sadly more likely to suffer serious illness from Covid-19, and alongside restrictions and other Covid-safe measures, the vaccine offers a huge amount of protection against the virus.
If you are over 70 and have not yet received a jab and wish to do so, please contact your GP or phone 119 to book.
The number of people who have received a jab in these four groups has led the NHS to begin vaccinating the next priority groups this week - those aged between 65 and 69, and those who are clinically vulnerable.
Over the weekend, more than 1.2 million letters landed on doorsteps asking people to log onto the national booking service, with another 1.2 million letters arriving at homes this week.
Those who receive a letter can choose from more than 100 large scale vaccination centres or almost 200 pharmacy services.
Hundreds of thousands of people are receiving their jab every day. In a single day last weekend 544,603 people were vaccinated, an outstanding effort from NHS staff and those who are volunteering in the vaccine roll-out.
Our local and regional vaccination hubs are working hard, and Stockport borough has been able to vaccinate thousands of people locally in just weeks.
And in this phase, beginning this week, GP-led vaccination sites will begin to focus on the clinically vulnerable from group six, due to the relationship patients with long term conditions have with their general practices and to ensure continuity of care. More high street pharmacists are also being invited to take part as the programme continues to accelerate.
Our vaccine programme has stormed ahead of the EU and the USA. The proportion of people in the UK who have been vaccinated is the third highest in the world, with only Israel and the UAE having vaccinated higher percentages of their population.
From the start of December until now, our healthcare staff have worked so hard alongside volunteers, logistics teams, vaccine manufacturers and Government to get millions of people protected. A big thank you to all!
We're now widening the priority groups being invited for their jab
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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