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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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January 25, 2021

Julian has applauded the efforts of the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – as new figures show the results of recent efforts to ramp up vaccine rollout. 

Already in our area,142,882 vaccinations have been administered (as of Friday 22 January), as part of plans to vaccinate the top 4 priority groups by mid-February. In the entirety of the North East and Yorkshire, 618,781 people have now received their first dose including nearly-70% of over-80s. 

The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 6.5 million people have been vaccinated – the fourth highest per capita, behind only Bahrain, the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.

The Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how it aims to administer 2 million further doses of vaccines by the end of January, as well as offering vaccines to every elderly are home resident by the end of the month. So far, more than half of those over 80s and care home residents have received a vaccine. With capacity nearly approaching half-a-million doses per day, if supply holds we are set to have vaccinated the top four priority groups ahead of the mid-February target.

There has been some recent concern, due to misleading headlines, regarding our local supply of the vaccine. Julian wishes to reassure all residents that he is monitoring this situation closely and has been reassured that 364,000 doses were supplied to Yorkshire and the North East last week with subsequent deliveries expected to be 300,000 doses this week them 350,000 the week after. While the raw figures fluctuates, this remains 13% of national supply so proportionally Yorkshire is still receiving the same amount of vaccines. 

Commenting on the new figures, Julian said:

“It is great to see Yorkshire leading the way for vaccine deployment, with the addition of a mass vaccination centre at York’s Askham Bar site soon bringing daily capacity up to 3500 doses per day. This is a testament to the amazing hard work of all staff.

As this is a national effort to ensure all in the top four priority groups are vaccinated, it is understandable that the number of doses allocated to each area has to be tweaked slightly when some regions have only vaccinated less than 50% of their over 80’s. Even with these minor changes, I have been assured that the optimistic outlook that York will meet all targets by mid-February remains unchanged.”