Christopher Pincher MP has welcomed the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – that sets ambitious targets as the government continues to ramp up its vaccine rollout.
Already in Tamworth, 33% per cent of the population have received a vaccine – and with the programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister is aiming to have offered every adult a vaccine by the end of July.
The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 18.6 million people have received a vaccine – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults. This is the third highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.
Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine, as invites are now going out those in priority groups 5 to 9. The latest figures now show that two thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.
To see the vaccination programme in action, Mr Pincher has visited both the Coton Centre and Springpharm vaccination sites in Tamworth. There he met the medical and volunteer teams, thanked all of those involved, learnt more about the ‘on the ground’ process and went through the data of Tamworth’s vaccination rate.
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP said:
“The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in our country’s history, has been a fantastic success story and showcases the very best of collaboration across the entire United Kingdom. I would like to thank everyone involved in this enormous effort, without whom, this would not be possible.
“It’s great to see that so many people in Tamworth have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight back against Coronavirus.
“I am most grateful to Lee at Springpharm for showing me one of our pharmacy led vaccination sites, and it is clear the team there have set up a fantastic high capacity site which is ready to take on vaccines just as quickly as they are churned out of the factories.
I was also very fortunate to visit the Coton Centre site, with Dr Adrian Parkes who runs the site and some of you will know him from the Hollies Medical Practice. One of the volunteers, Dave, had been a paramedic for over 40 years and now had come back out of retirement to get jabs into arms. Tammies like Dave represent the very best of us, with that desire and drive to make our town and country safe.”
“We are defeating this virus by the hundreds of thousands of jabs going into people’s arms every day, giving us hope as we look to a route back to normality”.