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Health Secretary Matt Hancock praises Bishop's Stortford's Covid-19 vaccination programme

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has thanked Bishop’s Stortford for its efforts to implement the Covid-19 vaccination programme, which have led to more than 30,000 people in the parliamentary constituency receiving their first dose.

In a video tribute, he said that he was “incredibly grateful” for the teamwork across the town which supports medical staff at the town's two vaccination centres at Bishop's Stortford Football Club's ground at Woodside, off Dunmow Road, and the unused Avanti Meadows Primary School at St Michael’s Hurst.

The former is led by the Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network – which comprises the five doctors' surgeries in Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham – while the latter is run by the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

Mr Hancock praised Hertford and Stortford Conservative MP Julie Marson in particular for her support for the roll-out, after she volunteered at both centres during the past month. He said that over 30,000 people "locally" had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Mrs Marson said: “For residents to receive a personal thank you from the Health Secretary is very special.

“The video message was something that the Health Secretary offered to do for our community. His proactiveness shows how grateful we all are to our brilliant healthcare workers, volunteers and all other people involved in the vaccination programme.”

Julie Marson at the Bishop's Stortford Football Club vaccination centre (44749576)
Julie Marson at the Bishop's Stortford Football Club vaccination centre (44749576)

Latest figures show 24.8% of the total population in Mrs Marson's Hertford and Stortford constituency have had at least their first Covid-19 jab.

“This data is very encouraging. To have one in four of our residents protected with at least one dose is staggering considering the short space of time this has been achieved in.

“This is thanks to the herculean efforts of everyone involved in the local administration: the medical staff, the volunteers and those who work on the logistics behind the scenes.

“While this is, of course, brilliant news, we cannot become complacent or get carried away. We have a roadmap, but for now we must continue to stay at home.”

Julie Marson at the Avanti Meadows vaccination centre (44749647)
Julie Marson at the Avanti Meadows vaccination centre (44749647)

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