Mayor's concern over Newport vaccine roll-out

Newport is being left behind in the effort to vaccinate vulnerable people from coronavirus, its mayor claimed.

Peter Scott, mayor and borough councillor in Newport, said that he is aware of several people in their 80s and 90s who have not yet been offered vaccination slots.

He said that elderly people in Newport are becoming worried that they have not yet been given the chance to be vaccinated.

“I am getting a lot of enquiries,” he said. “I am very upset that the people of Newport, especially our elderly, are not being given the information they need. Other areas are getting their vaccinations but there is no news for Newport residents.

“Whatever the planned rollout date we need to know it now. The flu vaccine was distributed with little fuss. How is this any different?”

Health service sources have been approached for comment.

Meanwhile, a Wolverhampton MP suggested that the city’s Molineux stadium should be converted into a mass vaccination station for the elderly and vulnerable.

Jane Stevenson said it would be the ideal location to allow many people to easily access the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, following its approval.

The MP for Wolverhampton North East also wants Wolverhampton Council to include community and leisure centres as part of the rollout. Some football stadiums are already being used in this way, including Barnet’s in North London and Bristol City’s Ashton Gate ground.

It comes as Wolverhampton and all of the Black Country, Birmingham and Staffordshire were moved into the toughest Tier 4 restrictions. The roll-out of Covid vaccines is expected to be ramped up in the next few weeks, with the aim of vaccinating as many people as possible.

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