By Rachael Grealish
A Cumbrian MP is encouraging his eligible constituents to get their COVID-19 vaccine after posting his own jab on social media.
Mark Jenkinson, Conservative MP for Workington, posted a statement on his social media confirming he’d received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, on Sunday February 7.
In the post he said: “It is routine practice that frontline volunteers are vaccinated, and that every single drop of vaccine is used up at the end of the day by any means possible.
“Today I had my vaccination – a bit earlier than expected as we’re on cohort 4 and I’m in cohort 6 – but there was no hesitation.”
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Mark also addressed, in his post, some of the possible negative comments hey may get – as others have received who’ve got a vaccine, but who’re not in cohorts 1-4.
He said: “I did think twice about posting this, given the abuse some of my colleagues had being [SIC] in the same situation – but I think it’s my duty to highlight the safety of the vaccine and to convey to people that there shouldn’t be any second thoughts about having it at their first possible opportunity.”
Yesterday, Monster February 8, it was confirmed anyone aged 70 and over who’ve not yet received a vaccine, but would like one, can now call and book theirs.
It is two months to the day since the vaccination programme started and since then almost a quarter of all adults in the UK have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
That is just over 12.2 million (23.3 percent) of adults in the UK.
However the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said ‘we will not rest’ until all those in the most vulnerable groups are vaccinated.
Hancock added the government is ‘on track’ to meet its goal of vaccinating the first four priority groups by February 15.
“Until now the NHS has asked people to wait to be invited to get a vaccination. But now that is changing,” the Secretary of State said.
“If people live in England, and are over 70 and have not been contacted, they should now contact the NHS to get an appointment.”