Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The approach of the government, supported by opposition parties, is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance; their task is not easy, but as your local MP, I am 100% supportive.

The UK’s response is not reactionary, it is based on clinical, scientific and medical evidence. This section of the website sets out both the health advice and other efforts to help support businesses and our public services.

  Latest News

55% of Redditch adults now fully vaccinated

As the most successful vaccination campaign in UK history continues, 40,527 people in Redditch are fully vaccinated.

Milestone reached as 50% of all Redditch adults now fully vaccinated

Rachel said: “Thanks to the UK’s most successful vaccination campaign in history, today we have reached a new milestone in Redditch with 50% of all adults having now received both doses of the COVID Vaccine. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in this huge national...

Rachel writes to Clinical Commissioning Group boss as part of efforts to return Garden Suite

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, has written to the Chief Executive of the local Clinical Commissioning Group as she ramps up her effort to ensure the Garden Suite is returned to the Alexandra Hospital. During the pandemic the chemotherapy services was ‘temporarily’...

Thousands continue to get vaccinated in Redditch

Rachel said: “This amazing national vaccination effort continues at pace with 32% of all adults in Redditch now fully vaccinated. 63% of all adults in the town have also received at least one dose. “All of the evidence shows the vaccines protect you and your loved...

Rachel launches petition and urges residents to show support for Garden Suite’s return

“We need to show health bosses that Redditch wants the Garden Suite back” – that’s the rallying cry from Rachel Maclean MP as she launches a petition calling for the chemotherapy service to be returned to the Alexandra Hospital. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS...

Surge testing deployed in Redditch after South African variant identified

Surge testing is being deployed in Redditch after a small number of cases of the South Africa variant were identified in parts of the town. The confirmed cases have self-isolated and their contacts have been identified. As a precaution, and in order to help Public...

1 in 4 Redditch adults now fully vaccinated

Following new data from the NHS which shows 1 in 4 adults in Redditch have now been fully vaccinated, Rachel said: “I’m so pleased almost 25% of adults in Redditch have now received both doses of a COVID Vaccine and 61% of adults in the town have been given at least...

Figures show 1 in 5 adults in Redditch are now fully vaccinated

The figures show 14,897 people in Redditch have been fully vaccinated – that’s 20% of all adults in the Borough.

Rachel praises vaccine rollout as Redditch hits significant milestone

The latest data from the NHS shows that 44,230 people in Redditch have received their first dose of the COVID Vaccine.

  Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
  How long to stay at home
  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 10 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
  Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
  How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
✅ wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
✅ always wash your hands when you get home or into work
✅ use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
✅ cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
✅ put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
✅ try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
❌ do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean