Your Voice: The Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

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COVID-19 has killed over 100,000 people in the UK so far. The news of several new COVID vaccines has sparked hope for many that life will begin to return to normal. Matthew Dooley asked people what they think of the Government’s vaccine rollout:

Michael Ryan, 58
Railway Engineer
from Milton Keynes

I believe that the government has put a lot of effort into ensuring that the vaccine comes out as fast as possible…they’re doing as much as possible to get the vaccine rolled out as quickly as they can.

Apeksha Patel, 39
Physiotherapist from Wembley

I don’t know, personally because I’m not for the vaccine so I feel like the people who do need it are the people who are working in the front line in the hospitals.

Hollie Jenkinson, 26
COVID Test Site Supervisor
from Bedfordshire

I don’t think the Government are doing enough to ensure that the vaccination is being rolled out quick enough…there are still staff at COVID test sites that have not been put on any list to be vaccinated, who are still very much at risk.

Colin Bisacre, 79
Retired Civil Servant,
from Milton Keynes

I’ve got one of them [the vaccine], the next one is in about three months’ time, and I don’t feel any different to be honest. I’m pleased to have it…they’re doing enough, they’re doing well. Can you imagine anybody else doing better? I can’t.

Dr. Rosie Shire, a GP from Cheshire, who is on the Doctors’ Association GP Committee said: “The vaccine roll up [sic] was set up by GPs in a really short space of time. We have done really well providing the first vaccinations to over 6 million people in this time [February 3].”

Dr. Stephen Evans, a Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, also gave credit to health workers saying: “I think that the vaccine rollout has been done well, mainly due to the individual GPs and other health professionals. I wouldn’t give a lot of credit to the government itself, but JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization) and the NHS have been excellent.”

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