Covid-19 Booster Doses: West Dorset

Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Chris Loder Chris Loder Conservative, West Dorset

What steps he is taking to ensure booster doses of the covid-19 vaccine are available to all eligible people in West Dorset.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have delivered more than 15.3 million booster doses in the UK, and we know there is a strong demand for boosters in Dorset. The NHS has worked hard to deliver boosters and third doses at all 18 primary care networks in Dorset, providing them across a number of sites. Additional provisions are also in place for those who are housebound, elderly, or in care, to ensure that they get their booster.

Photo of Chris Loder Chris Loder Conservative, West Dorset

I thank my hon. Friend for her answer. Almost a third of constituents in West Dorset are over the age of 65. While I welcome very much the Secretary of State’s announcement this week that he is rolling out the booster to those over the age of 40, I am afraid that, in the county town of Dorchester and the second town of Bridport particularly, it is still very difficult for the elderly to receive their vaccine boosters. Will my hon. Friend help urgently with sorting this issue by arranging walk-in centres so that we might address it rapidly?

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS keep the covid-19 vaccine programme under constant review in order to ensure that there is sufficient capacity across the country. There are more vaccination sites than ever before in England, including hundreds of walk-in centres. A lot of planning goes into ensuring that those sites are distributed to meet the level of demand, and there are measures in place to ensure that boosters are accessible for all in West Dorset, but I will look into this matter further on behalf of my hon. Friend.