Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“It’s fantastic news the Alexandra Hospital will be the first hospital in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccination from this week.

The Alex being the first hospital to rollout the vaccine in the two counties shows just how important the hospital is to healthcare where we live.

“The vaccine has undergone rigorous tests, including clinical trials, that are globally recognised as having the highest safety standards. I would therefore urge everyone who is called up for the vaccine to take it, I will when I’m contacted by the NHS to receive the vaccine.

“Now, just because the vaccine is being rolled out in Redditch and across Worcestershire, it doesn’t mean we can stop following the rules. The virus is still out there and if we relax now, we’ll undo the hard work we’ve put in to drive down the infection rate.

“Let’s not give up now. Let’s continue to follow the rules to keep the infection rate down in the knowledge there is light at the end of the tunnel.”