Lee Anderson pleased to see vaccine rollout being stepped up in Ashfield

This week will see even more people in Ashfield invited to have their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 8:00 am

And after a few problems last week, where I had to make my voice heard both in Parliament and with the local clinical commissioning group as I felt the rollout was too slow, things are improving.

More good news is the new Mansfield super hub is now open and can do 20,000 vaccinations a week.

I am also pleased to see that our care homes our now getting the vaccines and local health bosses assure me that all the priority groups will have received an invite for an appointment by the middle of February, meeting the Government’s target.

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Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield. Photo: London Portrait Photographer-DAV

I will be like a dog with a bone on this issue and will be pushing them every day.

I did two more voluntary shifts at the Ashfield Health Village vaccine centre over the weekend and I want to say a big thanks to all the volunteers that turn up every single day, especially Richard and husband-and-wife Barry and Maggie who just turn up and crack on with the job.

Last week I had to delete and block someone from my Facebook page for saying that our elderly should be at the back of the queue for vaccinations.

Yes, that was really said.

So just to make my views clear, the people I have seen so far having their vaccinations are 80 and older.

I do not know these people but what I do know is that they have lived through some very tough times, they have probably worked hard all their lives, raised good families and made a massive contribution to our great country.

It would also probably be correct to assume that these people do not sit on a keyboard all day criticising the vaccination program.

From what I have seen, they just turn up, roll their sleeves up and get on with it.

I have not heard one single person moan or complain.

They are all grateful and very thankful. and they should be at the front of the queue.

Now this idiot who made these comments is in a tiny minority but nevertheless the person is an idiot and needs to have a good long look in the mirror. It is not a pretty sight.

Just thought I would get that off my chest.

Finally, I have a vacancy in my Ashfield office for a caseworker so if you are keen and love this area, I want to hear from you.

You will also have a strong work ethic and be familiar working in an office with all the associated skills – and an interest in politics may help as well.

I am not interested in what qualifications you have, just the right person.

Please email your CV to [email protected]

Lee Anderson is MP for Ashfield.