|Putney MP Calls for Roehampton Vaccine Centre|
Asks minister for one to be provided during debate in parliament
Fleur Anderson, the MP for Putney has asked the Vaccine Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, to open a Vaccine Centre in Roehampton.
She made the direct appeal to the minister to provide a centre for the area during a debate in Parliament this week while calling on the Minister to take action to increase vaccine uptake locally including opening more trusted vaccine hub locations and increasing supply.
She said, ‘We need a vaccine centre in Roehampton. Local vaccine centres have been amazing and everyone who has been has been really impressed with the service. Across South West London 329,000 people have had their first dose, which is 26% of the population. But we cannot be complacent. Vaccination rates are lower in London than the rest of the country, with some areas now recording over 50% vaccinated.
‘We now have a vaccine centre in Putney and Southfields but not Roehampton, yet transport is more difficult in Roehampton. One has been built and is ready to go at Queen Mary’s Hospital but hasn’t opened and I want to know why. People in Roehampton need a vaccine centre to make it as easy as possible to get the vaccine and save lives.’
Local GP Dr Hassan from the Alton Practice also met with the Vaccine Minister earlier this month and discussed the need for vaccine hub in Roehampton. Dr Hassan made the case for a greater uptake of vaccines locally and the need to tackle vaccine hesitancy.
She said, ‘I would strongly encourage everyone to attend for their COVID vaccination as soon as you are invited by the NHS. Getting the COVID vaccination is an essential tool in our fight against this virus. As a female of BAME background with young children who has had her first dose, I would like to assure patients that the COVID vaccine is safe, contains no animal products and does not have any known long-term side effects. If you still have any concerns, please call your GP surgery to have a chat with a clinician, we’re always here to help.’
Vaccines can be booked by calling 119 for free or by visiting this link.
March 11, 2021