To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to ensure that rural areas can effectively (a) store and (b) distribute covid-19 vaccinations.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
1 February 2021
The National Health Service, alongside its health and social care partners have developed three different delivery models which will operate concurrently to provide flexibility in our approach and ensure the entire population has access to the vaccine regardless of their location. This includes delivery through hospital hubs, local vaccination services and vaccination centres.
The COVID-19 vaccine programme has expanded rapidly in the last month, with over 2,700 vaccination sites currently in operation across the United Kingdom. For those in highly rural areas this will be achieved via local vaccination services providing mobile units to go directly to isolated rural communities.