Sunday 14 February 2021 / 4:58 PM Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth responds to news that over 15 million people have had first dose of vaccine

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that over 15 million people have had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, said:

“Our NHS staff, armed forces and volunteers deserve huge congratulations on the ongoing successful roll-out of the vaccination programme. They are true heroes and make the whole country proud.

“It’s now crucial that, as we move towards second jabs for the most vulnerable and the first jabs for the next groups, Ministers lock-in the gains of vaccination. This means putting in place measures to further reduce the spread of Covid including decent financial self-isolation support, updated mask wearing guidance and help for workplaces to be Covid secure.

“We have already seen the virus mutate, it’s urgent more is done to reduce its spread while vaccination continues at pace.”