Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said she was “incredibly disappointed” that the Government didn’t seem to have a plan to ensure priority groups for the coronavirus vaccine displaced by flooding would still get their jab on time.
Layla asked Matt Hancock in a Commons urgent question on the vaccine rollout in Parliament this week, asking, “Can he tell us whether the Government has a plan for vaccinating people displaced due to flooding?”
The Health Secretary declined to give any details, instead of saying: “Yes, of course. Flooding brings additional challenges, but we will overcome them.” Layla said the response “will be of absolutely no comfort to the vulnerable or elderly who fear what will happen if they have to evacuate their homes.”
“I am incredibly disappointed by Matt Hancock’s response. Flooding has already displaced thousands from their homes, with more likely to be displaced in coming days. Many of them will be in the priority groups to receive the coronavirus vaccine, but if they temporarily move to another area they may fall through the cracks.
“Hancock's answer will be of absolutely no comfort to the vulnerable or elderly who fear what will happen if they have to evacuate their homes. I’ll continue to press the Government until we know what their plan is and whether they even have one.”