A Stoke-on-Trent MP has asked the government to bring forward the launch of the city’s mass vaccination centre.
The facility is set to open at an undisclosed location in Tunstall by the end of January, as part of the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Speaking in the House of Commons Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Jo Gideon told Boris Johnson that the centre was already ‘ready and able’ to start vaccinating local residents.
She asked the Prime Minister to ask Health Secretary Matt Hancock if the centre’s launch could therefore be ‘expedited’.
Ms Gideon said: “Stoke-on-Trent is keen to play our part in the national vaccination programme. Our mass vaccination centre is ready and able to serve the residents of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
“However, it has not been scheduled to go live before the end of January. Can the Prime Minister ask the Health Secretary if this can be expedited if the supply of vaccines is available earlier?”
Mr Johnson said he would ask the minister to write to Ms Gideon ‘as soon as possible’.
Three mass vaccination centres are due to be launched across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, with the others understood to be located in Stafford and East Staffordshire.
Abi Brown and Alan White, the leaders of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council, wrote to Mr Hancock earlier his week asking him to accelerate the vaccination programme in the area.