Our GPs invited me to the vaccine hub at Hornchurch Library today to see how the rollout is going on the ground, talk through constituents’ queries and give me feedback to pass to the national team, led by Nadhim Zahawi MP. It is an amazing effort by our GPs, nurses, council and volunteers, supported by soldiers from Tidworth Barracks, Salisbury. My constituency team have been troubleshooting residents' vaccine queries and we have weekly calls with our local NHS teams to get updates on hospital pressures, community healthcare and the vaccine programme. I have helped tackle issues with oxygen supply at Queen's through my ministerial role, and taken up residents' concerns about testing, vaccination of housebound residents and communication with family members in hospital.
I am pleased that residents now have a range of vaccination options when they are called up, from roving teams going to care homes and the housebound, local hubs at Hornchurch Library and Victoria Hospital and two mass vaccination sites at Excel and Westfield Stratford. We have also secured a new testing centre in Dorrington Gardens and mobile testing in the Upminster station car park on 4, 6 and 7 February, in addition to the permanent Dagnam Park Drive facility on Harold Hill.