This February has been a critical turning point in the fight against COVID-19. Not only have we managed to offer the vaccine to all four groups prioritised as most vulnerable, but we reached this momentous target a day earlier than expected. Over 18 million people across the United Kingdom have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is about 1 in 3 adults across the country. This is great news and a momentous achievement. With GPs, pharmacies and 2 vaccine hubs servicing our town – we are on the right path. I have heard from many residents about their easy experience of getting vaccinated – a credit to our local NHS staff and volunteers. I visited one of our pharmacies delivering the vaccine myself out of hours and was really impressed by their organisation and their dedication.
In Westminster the Prime Minister has given us a road map of what we can expect for the next few months. This is a patient approach that will limit the devastating impact this virus can have and step by step we will see life return to normal. Next month our schools will return and the rule of six is due to make a return. Our progress will be determined by data not dates. With the success of the vaccine rollout, which is making a real impact, this is good news for all of us. But we must still keep each other safe and abide by the rules. An increase in transmission will jeopardise our longed for goal.
In other news, the Armed Forces Bill has also been read for the second time in the Commons. This means that now it will be discussed by a Committee of the Bill and a detailed report will be written and reported to the House of Commons. When this is done, the Bill will be read for that crucial 3rd time in Parliament, at which stage it should be passed over to the Lord’s and complete its next steps to becoming law. By this process of scrutiny and review, all our laws are made. I know lots of people in Tamworth want to see our armed forces supported and I will be voting to make sure we have the best possible support for our serving men and women.
Many readers will have received my residents survey over the last month and many more will receive it in the months to come. As the local MP, it is important to me to get feedback on what support people have had during lockdown and how myself and the Government can help. Whether it be signposting support opportunities, increasing internet literacy or simply feeding back your thoughts int Government. So please do keep sending them in!
As always, myself and my team are here to help if you think we can and you can contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at the address found on my website.