The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has called for a local vaccination centre to be established.
Leanne Wood MS made the calls after the Labour Government published a strategy for vaccinating the population and published a map of the proposed centres across Wales. As things stand, there is no centre proposed for the whole of the Rhondda despite the high transmission rates and mortality levels in the area.
During Business Questions, Leanne also said it was imperative that the Rhondda received more vaccination doses than are currently being delivered.
She said: “I want to press the case for a COVID vaccination centre for the Rhondda and also for vaccines to the wider community to be available on the basis of need.
“There remains a high prevalence of COVID within my constituency, and many of us now know families who have lost someone tragically to this.
“The health board have discussed with the local authority where to locate the centres in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Aberdare has been chosen. It's not possible for many people from the Rhondda to get to Aberdare.
“We've got low car ownership and, of course, people are being discouraged from using public transport. Now, I welcome the news that GP surgeries are engaging in this and will be vaccinating the high-risk groups soon, and much of that work has started already.
“But it has been suggested that the Rhondda will not get our share of vaccines. Now, I'm not sure of the truth of this, but I want to put the case for that extra sense of urgency for my constituency, the Rhondda, given the high level of prevalence and need that we have here.”
Trefnydd Rebecca Evans MS said in reply that the Health Minister would be addressing such matters.
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