Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has today launched a survey on coronavirus.
The Prime Minister has today announced that lockdown restrictions will continue until March 8th to enable people in high risk groups to receive the vaccine before the measures are eased. Richard has spoken in the House of Commons to ask the Home Secretary about the measures, which you can read about here and has also quizzed the Health Secretary on the vaccine rollout programme, which you can read about here.
The North East’s vaccine programme has been incredibly successful. 98% of care home residents in North West Durham have received their jabs, and this is on top of home visits being rolled out to those who are extremely vulnerable. Lanchester and Queens Road Surgeries are now able to offer vaccines, on top of the Tanfield View and Crook sites that were already offering them. One of the larger pharmacists in the area is also now trialling offering the vaccine, and it’s likely that Shotley Bridge Hospital will be opened as a site. Constituents may also be offered the vaccine at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, but, if you are not comfortable or not able to travel, you are able to wait to receive your vaccine closer to home as more vaccine sites are rolled out across the constituency. Richard confirmed on LBC Radio that none of the North East vaccines would be diverted (listen to Richard’s interview here). Richard has praised the acceleration of the vaccine rollout in the constituency here.
Full details of the vaccine programme, including vaccine figures, can be found here.
Richard has now launched a survey about coronavirus and the vaccine, which you can fill out below.