Rugby MP praises vaccination centre staff and volunteers for getting town ‘ahead of the curve’ - The Rugby Observer

Rugby MP praises vaccination centre staff and volunteers for getting town ‘ahead of the curve’

Rugby Editorial 15th Feb, 2021   0

RUGBY’S MP has praised staff and volunteers at Rugby’s vaccination centre for getting the town ‘ahead of the curve’, after he received his first jab at the weekend.

Mark Pawsey urged his constituents to get a Covid vaccine as soon as possible after he was given the vaccine at Rugby’s hub in Locke House, which has now inoculated over 20,000 local residents and completed the first four priority groups ahead of the Government’s targets.

Rugby is now moving onto the remaining priority groups, with residents aged 65 and over having been offered a vaccine and the 60-64 age group beginning to be invited.

Mr Pawsey, who has been volunteering as a ‘meet and greeter’ at the centre, said: “I have seen for myself the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers who have managed to put Rugby ahead of the curve on delivering the lifesaving vaccinations.

“The team here, led by centre manager Gita Natarajan and Norman Byrd, a GP and the head of Rugby Health, have done an incredible job in coordinating the volunteers and the patients to run an efficient service which is running ahead of the Government’s target.

“None of this would be possible without the over 100 residents who have volunteered their time to help this process – we all owe them a huge thank you.”

He said he was very pleased to have the opportunity to get his jab now Rugby had moved on to his age group.

He added: “Every jab brings us closer to beating coronavirus so that we can start to ease the restrictions we have all had to live with.

“With the news that we have reached the 15million people in the top four priority groups, it is clear we are making great progress. However, there is still a way to go and I would urge everybody to continue to follow the rules, protect the NHS and save lives whilst we continue to roll out the vaccine.

“I would encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to have it – the evidence shows that it will protect you and those around you from coronavirus.”

Anyone over 65 who has not had their first jab can contact their GP or visit www. to book a vaccination. Under-65s will be contacted in the coming weeks.

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