Shot in the arm for Tunbridge Wells MP

Shot in the arm for Tunbridge Wells MP
Greg Clark receiving his Covid jab

Mr Clark received his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday [March 22] after receiving an invitation from the NHS to book an appointment last week.

The MP booked his appointment at the Ticehurst Village Hall, which is hosting the vaccination centre run by local pharmacist Hardik Desai, in recognition of Ticehurst Pharmacy’s fantastic efforts in vaccinating many of Greg’s constituents in the rural part of the Tunbridge Wells constituency.

Speaking after receiving his jab, Mr Clark said: “As Chairman of the Science Committee in the House of Commons I have interviewed the team behind the Oxford vaccine regularly throughout the last year, so it is a wonderful moment to be able to receive a vaccine that for a long time seemed a distant prospect.  

 “I was very glad to be vaccinated by Hardik Desai’s team in Ticehurst. Supported by superbly organised volunteers they have worked hard to vaccinate thousands of people. Along with Dr Faye Hinsley at Headcorn, Hardik stepped up to ensure that vaccines would be available to my constituents in the rural villages.

“The vaccination programme is going brilliantly well and gives us a clear way out of the Covid crisis. As Chair of the Science Committee in Parliament I have questioned many experts and I have no doubt that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will save many lives. I hope that celebrating getting this vaccine myself reinforces this message.”

Mr Clark, who is in his fifties, received his jab as part of the Government’s drive to see all people over 50 to have received at least the first dose of the vaccine bby the end of March.

Meanwhile, those under 50 may have to wait up to a month longer for their jab because of an expected shortage of vaccine at the end of March.


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