MP COLUMN: Region is being penalised over vaccine distribution

Last week it was revealed that the government will half the vaccines supplies in the North East and Yorkshire from 200,000 to 100,000 this week due the high rate of vaccines being distributed in the region.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 7:00 am
Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck.

Many, including myself, were quick to point out that our region is being penalised for overseeing a more efficient vaccination program than other regions across the country.

This is of course counterintuitive – as many of the government decisions have been throughout the pandemic.

We should be being praised for getting this right rather than be punished.

While it is understandable that the government want as many older people vaccinated as possible, we still have a huge population of vulnerable people here in the North East who need their vaccine.

These people will now have to wait longer for their jab as the vaccine supplies are diverted South.

I have had meetings with the CCG in Northumberland who assure me local GPs are prepared to administer the vaccine 12 hours a day 7 days a week, but what is holding them back is the supply.

Well done and Congratulations to our healthcare professionals here in the North East who have done an outstanding job so far distributing the vaccines.

In the coming days and weeks, I will be doing everything I can to ensure the North East is given as many vaccines as possible to keep up with the demand to protect our most vulnerable as quickly as possible.