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Rutland and Leicestershire lead the way in vaccine rollout as 250,000 get jabs to protect against Covid-19

A quarter of a million people have received a first vaccination in Rutland and Leicestershire with the areas experiencing the highest take-up of any in England.

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns (Con) said that 99.8 per centof over-70s have taken up the vaccine in Leicestershire and Rutland, the highest inEngland.

As of yesterday (Sunday, February 22), 17.5m people in the United Kingdom had received their first vaccination – one in three UK adults, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is today due to reveal the route out of lockdown, said all adults will be offered a vaccine by the end of July.

Vaccine is a welcome lifeline (44503393)
Vaccine is a welcome lifeline (44503393)

Mrs Kearns said: "Vaccines are our route out of lockdown, and I’m delighted that Leicestershire and Rutland are leading the country in vaccine uptake.

“A quarter of a million people have received their first vaccine in Leicestershire and Rutland andnowhere in the country has higher uptake of the vaccine amongst over 70s, so it’s clear that ourcommunities are very much doing their part.

“Almost all of the most at-risk have been vaccinated, and with the Government’s announcementthat all UK adults will be offered a first dose by July, we can’t let this progress go to waste. If youreceive a call or text offering a vaccine, this is a way for you to play your part in defeating thisterrible virus.

Alicia Kearns MP (28221034)
Alicia Kearns MP (28221034)

“The UK is leading the world in vaccines, from development through to production anddistribution. We have seen incredible successes to date, with over 17.5m adults having receivedtheir first dose of the vaccine so far. Today the Prime Minister will set out our route out oflockdown. I am determined that we can get our children back in school, come together again ascommunities as quickly as possible, re-open hospitality and get our economy and businessesbooming again.

“Thank you to every single person who has stepped forward to be vaccinated and to all thoserunning, administering and volunteering in, the vaccine programme.”

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