Liz Truss announces Vaccination hub for Downham Market
Downham residents have been concerned there would be no vaccination hub for the town, despite having a large population of elderly people.
Before the announcement the closest centres would have been King's Lynn or Swaffham, meaning vulnerable residents would have to travel over ten miles to get the jab.
One Downham resident in her 80s who spoke to the Lynn, said her experience with travelling to Swaffham was "horrible" after having to stand in a tightly-packed queue in order to get her vaccine.
"It was awful, I thought they would call us out of the cars but instead we had to stand out in the freezing cold," she said, "I didn't like the fact I had to travel to Swaffham as I've been shielding since the first lockdown."
The MP said the hub would be up and running next month: "I raised this issue directly with the vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi and am pleased to confirm that a hub will be opened in the town in February."
Due to storage and transport of the Pfzier vaccine, centres have been limited - but as the Oxford/AstraZenica becomes available, hubs will become more widespread.