WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder has urged the government to improve the supply of COVID-19 booster vaccines in his constituency to make sure all people who are eligible have the chance to get their third jab.
During Health Questions on Tuesday, Mr Loder addressed Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup, saying “Almost a third of constituents in West Dorset are over the age of 65. While I welcome very much the Secretary of State’s announcement this week that he is rolling out the booster to those over the age of 40, I am afraid that, in the county town of Dorchester and the second town of Bridport particularly, it is still very difficult for the elderly to receive their vaccine boosters.
“Will my honourable friend help urgently with sorting this issue by arranging walk-in centres so that we might address it rapidly?”
This follows on from Mr Loder’s question to the Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, last week, pressing the same point and highlighting the lack of provision for people in Dorset, and the long distances some people are forced to travel.
On the subject of booster vaccines, Mr Loder commented: “West Dorset was top of the league table for the first and second vaccines and it is really important that the local people can access the vaccine booster, especially older people or those at risk.
“At the moment, that is difficult for some in West Dorset without travelling far away and it is absolutely imperative that this is fixed.”