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Robert Halfon MP praises Harlow vaccination centre following visit and asks Health Secretary for a route map back to Tier 2 for Harlow

Health / Thu 17th Dec 2020 at 04:49pm

ROBERT Halfon MP praises Harlow vaccination centre following visit and asks Health Secretary for a route map back to Tier 2 for Harlow.

Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, today paid tribute to those involved in rolling out the coronavirus vaccine to Harlow residents – following an early morning visit to a Harlow vaccination centre. He also asked the Health Secretary to set out a route map for Harlow returning to Tier 2 to offer certainty to Harlow’s residents and businesses.

Questioning the Health Secretary, during a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Halfon said: “Early this morning I visited a vaccination centre in Harlow that is running like a military operation and has started vaccinating the elderly and those in care homes.

“Will my right hon. Friend thank West Essex clinical commissioning group, GPs, staff and volunteers who are vaccinating many hundreds of Harlow residents? Will he also set out a route map by which Harlow can return to tier 2?”

The Health Secretary responded: “I am very grateful for what my right hon. Friend says about the vaccination centre in Harlow. It is an uplifting sight visiting a vaccination centre. Rarely have I seen so many smiles on faces this year, which has been such a difficult year, as when I visited the Milton Keynes vaccination centre last week. I am really glad that it is working well in Harlow. I add my thanks to his thanks to the GPs, the volunteers and the staff—all those organising the vaccinations.

“In terms of a route map out of the tier, of course in time the vaccination programme will help, but for now the best thing people can do is to bring the case rate down by doing everything they personally can to not pass on this disease. Unfortunately the case rate in Harlow is 302 per 100,000—very, very elevated—and in nearby Epping Forest, unfortunately, it is over 500. It is a very serious problem. We all have to pull together to try to sort out this growth of the virus locally, and that is the route to tier 2.”

Epping Forest MP, Dame Eleanor Laing, echoed Mr Halfon’s comments as she presided over the proceedings in her capacity as Deputy Speaker, by saying: “May I echo to the Secretary of State what my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) said on behalf of the people of our community?”.

Commenting on his visit, Mr Halfon said: “It was an honour to visit the vaccination centre this morning to see the incredible work our GPs, nurses, staff and volunteers are doing to roll-out the coronavirus vaccine. This has been such a difficult year for our community, but there really is light at the end of the tunnel and the end is in sight.

“I would strongly encourage every resident who is contacted to take the vaccine to do so. That way we can defeat this virus, ease restrictions and get our lives back to normal. Until such time, we must continue to follow the rules and remember Hands, Face, Space.”

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2 Comments for Robert Halfon MP praises Harlow vaccination centre following visit and asks Health Secretary for a route map back to Tier 2 for Harlow:

Lucy hannay
2020-12-18 23:46:51

My dad had the first part of the vaccine, the whole process was very well organized, well attended, and every one was reassured that they were well looked after,many thanks . I will get vaccinated if I'm offered the chance

Arran
2020-12-19 08:18:04

Bullshit, can't catch and die from a hoax

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