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MP concerned about over-30s' take-up of vaccine

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has expressed concern about the vaccine uptake among over-30s in the town.

The vaccine is now being offered to all those over the age of 30. However, at present the uptake in the 30-35 age group is lower than expected - at around 50%. In Cheltenham, this means several thousand vaccine invitations are waiting to be taken up.

Mr Chalk said: "I have been updated by Cheltenham Fire Station that vaccine uptake for the over-30s in Cheltenham has been lower than expected over recent days.

"It may be the Bank Holiday effect, but there have been more unanswered invitations than we would have liked. Getting that jab is really important - for you and the community. I'll be watching trends closely."

Local NHS vaccination teams are calling on anyone who has been invited for a jab to book an appointment as soon as they can.

Up to and including 25 May 2021 there have been a total of 627,986 vaccinations undertaken in Gloucestershire (first and second doses).

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