The North East 'has worked absolute wonders' with vaccination programme, Matt Hancock says

The Health Secretary has said the North East has “nailed it” with the vaccination programme so far.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 9:23 pm

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has praised vaccine roll-out in the North East, saying the region has “worked absolute wonders”.

Mr Hancock made the comments during a Covid-19 briefing from Downing Street on Friday afternoon.

Responding to a question about cancelled vaccine clinics in GP surgeries in the North East due to lack of supply, the Health Secretary said the vaccination programme has been “equal and fair UK-wide” and supply challenges are “faced equally” throughout the country.

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The Health Secretary told the press conference: “The North East has done a brilliant job on vaccinating. It came out of the blocks really fast and has worked absolute wonders. “

After thanking volunteers and NHS staff in the North East for their work on getting the vaccinations done, he continued: “Every single person getting access to their jab in the North East is as important as in every other part of the country and I will make sure that the programme delivers according to those principle.

“I don’t know what more I can say about my enthusiasm for what the North East has done and really, really nailed it in this vaccination programme so far.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock during a Downing Street press conference./Photo: PA

According to the latest available data, a total of 2,620,474 jabs were given to people in the North East and Yorkshire between December 8 and February 25, including 2,527,520 first and 92,954 second doses.

At the start of the year, he North East was in the top spot for total population vaccinated – but earlier in February it fell to sixth place.