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Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 12th January 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

I answered a similar question from Dr Whitford. This is an incredibly important point, and we are working hard with councils, pharmacists, GPs and those who are trusted in the community to get out the message of the importance of vaccination to all communities across the country. This subject will be increasingly important, and I look forward to working with Rachel Hopkins, the Minister for the vaccine roll-out, my hon. Friend Nadhim Zahawi, and with colleagues all across this House to get out the message of positivity around the vaccine.

The good news is that, over the last month, the proportion of people who are enthusiastic about taking the vaccine has risen significantly, and the proportion of people who are hesitant has fallen; I think people can see the enthusiasm that others have for taking the vaccine. However, we have to make sure that that message of hope reaches all parts of and all communities in the UK.