Letters to my MP – coronavirus vaccine rollout to healthcare workers

Dear Thangam

I am writing to you as a concerned constituent on behalf of frontline health workers.

The COVID-19 crisis is escalating and we need to urgently protect those who are working on the frontline, and their patients.

It was a relief to see the Government expand its priority vaccination roll out to include healthcare staff. But an EveryDoctor survey on 3rd January found that 39% of our 1318 doctor respondents had yet to receive their first dose.

Frontline healthcare workers are continually exposed to COVID-19 in their workplaces. If they are left unprotected, they are at risk themselves from this potentially fatal illness, and they may also pass coronavirus on to vulnerable patients.

The Government announced yesterday that the sky-rocketing rise in cases has the capacity to overwhelm the NHS in the coming weeks.

With the recent approval of the Oxford vaccine, as a country we are now aiming to vaccinate 2 million people per week. This huge effort will require additional support; it is a huge undertaking. 

The Government must alleviate the pressure on NHS staff in delivering these vaccines by drafting in support from others in administering vaccines; perhaps by utilising the army. 

Frontline healthcare workers must be our immediate priority for vaccines. We are calling for all frontline NHS staff in the UK to receive at least a first dose vaccine within the next 14 days. 

This will protect staff, it will preserve healthcare resources (by reducing staff sickness), and crucially this course of action will protect the vulnerable patients who are in our care.

As my parliamentary representative, will you support EveryDoctor’s campaign to #ProtectNHSworkers in the following two ways?

1. Pledge to do everything in your power to advocate for all frontline health workers in the UK to be immunised against Covid-19 within 14 days.

2. Attend an emergency briefing from EveryDoctor on the need for immediate vaccinations for frontline staff on Thursday, 7 January at 2pm. MPs can register in advance for the online Zoom meeting at this link: http://bit.ly/january7briefing

Please let me know if you would like to take this pledge and attend this important briefing.

I look forward to hearing from you and would appreciate you copying in campaigns@everydoctor.org.uk in your reply to this email. 

Sincerely, 

1 thought on “Letters to my MP – coronavirus vaccine rollout to healthcare workers

  1. fak Post author

    Reply:

    “Dear Alice,

    Thank you for getting in touch about vaccines for Covid-19. I have had many emails and questions about the vaccines and I can assure you that this issue is currently one of my top priorities. I recently attended a vaccine update with the Vaccines Minister and have had other briefings from scientists and health experts. I am also attending the EveryDoctor briefing on Thursday 7 January.

    I am noting all the requests, questions and feedback I get from constituents about this issue to inform the ongoing discussions I am having with ministers, Shadow Cabinet colleagues, the health service and local agencies.

    I’m grateful to you for getting in touch, it’s useful for me to have your perspective and please let me know if you have any further concerns.

    Yours,

    Thangam Debbonaire MP”

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