Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed the breakthrough in a vaccination against COVID-19.
Since the start of the pandemic Caroline has been contacted by thousands of constituents and most recently many of these concerns have been focussed on the winter months and the potential roll out of a vaccine.
The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
The Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed that the vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large-scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.
The Department has also published information on priority groups for vaccination – including advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020
Commenting, Caroline said:
‘This is welcome news for people across the Gosport Constituency who I know are ready to get back to normal life.
Brighter days are ahead and there is now light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have a long way to go with the roll-out of the vaccine and for now it is so important for people to continue following the strict guidelines in place.’