Mansfield MP proud that Britain is leading the way on Covid vaccinations
More than 7.9 million Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered across the UK which is absolutely amazing news.
Britain is leading the way in making sure the most at-risk groups are receiving their vaccinations as quickly as possible.
This will continue to increase, and last week we saw the opening of a large-scale vaccination centre in Mansfield at the old Wickes site open making it easier for local people to be able to receive the vaccine.
My office has had a number of people contact me about people who are unable to attend a vaccination centre as they are housebound.
The Clinical Commissioning Group has said that housebound residents will receive a letter about how to book into this home service and a roving team of clinicians will be able to come to their homes and vaccinate them there.
As you can imagine, this is taking slightly longer but they are getting through the people waiting.
However, if you do have any issues, please do let me know and we can investigate it for you.
The over-70s will begin to receive their letters this week as well as the letters to the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, completing the invitations for the first phase of the programme to meet the mid-February deadline for the first four at risk groups to receive the vaccination.
But, if you know of anyone who is over-75 who hasn’t received their letter please urge them to book here or by calling 0115 8834640.
There are now two testing centres for people who do not have symptoms in Mansfield.
Rapid community testing will really benefit our community as one in three of us have Covid-19 without any symptoms and can still pass it on.
We are therefore encouraging people to get tested regularly at either Oak Tree Lane Leisure Centre or Mansfield Town FC.
You don’t need to book, but this means we can control the spread of the virus further by knowing who has it.
The rapid tests are aimed at people aged 18-65 who live and work in Mansfield, particularly those who are unable to work from home.
I would encourage all businesses to ask employees to do this, to help control the spread of this awful virus.
I know people are doing their best and I would like to thank all the staff that are providing care and support at all these centres.
However, until we are all in a position to be vaccinated please follow the rules and let’s try to keep everyone safe.
Ben Bradley is MP for Mansfield.