Writing in this week’s Redditch Standard (January 8th), Rachel said:
Being asked to stay at home again is tough, but I know the vast majority of my constituents believe it is the right thing to do as we continue our fight against this virus.
Like many of you who are able to work from home, my team and I are doing the same. We’re here for you throughout this lockdown, just as we have always been. I’m still able to help via email and over the phone, and I will continue to hold virtual surgeries. If you’d like to book an appointment then please send an email to rachel.maclean.mp@parliament or call 01527 591334.
Whilst many of us can work from home, I know there are plenty more who can’t and will be continuing to leave home for work. Construction workers, supermarket staff, refuse collectors and of course our fantastic NHS workers. Thank you again for all that you have done and for all that you continue to do during this pandemic. I think we can all agree that key workers and NHS staff are the heroes of this pandemic.
Of course, we mustn’t forget the scientists. The vaccines they have developed at incredible speed are our way out of this pandemic. They are light at the end of the tunnel which we often talk about.
There will come a time when we review the UK’s response to this pandemic, but on vaccines we shouldn’t talk ourselves down. We were the first country in the world to approve and rollout the Pfizer vaccine, and we were the first country in the world to approve and rollout the Oxford vaccine; making us the first country in the world to deploy two approved vaccines.
The speed of this process has stood us in good stead. We have so far vaccinated 1.3 million people in the UK, including 23% of all those over 80 in England, with thousands of people in Redditch having received the vaccine.
Our NHS has a clear delivery plan for the vaccine and is committed to offering a vaccination to everyone in the top four priority groups by 15 February, in our efforts to save lives as fast as possible.
Although there will still be many long weeks ahead that will require us to once again make huge sacrifices, thanks to the extraordinary work of our scientists, our NHS and the resolve of everyone in Redditch, we now know the path to beating this virus and we are making vital progress.