Vaccine rollout has been going really well across Oxfordshire. All older adult Care Homes have been offered vaccinations, and approximately 90 per cent of those aged 80 and over have now been vaccinated.
Over recent weeks I have spent a lot of time speaking to the secondary school headteachers in my constituency including The Warriner School, Whitelands Academy and The Cooper School. They share my disappointment that children will not be able to sit their exams as anticipated this summer.
I know how hard local businesses have been hit by the return to national restrictions. From the emails and conversations I have had with constituents, I know many are keen to access the financial support available to them in the face of closures and extraordinary challenges.
On Saturday I visited the Bicester Vaccination Centre at Bicester Heritage. The site is run by nurses and clinicians from the three Bicester GP practices: Alchester Medical Group, Bicester Health Centre and Montgomery House Surgery.
Following news earlier this week I wanted to reassure parents that schools remain open for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers, as do special schools. I had really hoped we would have been able to keep schools open for all pupils.
I am deeply disappointed that we have had to return to a national lockdown. However, I know the decision was not taken lightly. We have seen a rapid rise in infections across the country since the new strain of the virus was identified in December.
The past year has been difficult for us all, but I know many will be feeling especially lonely this Christmas. We have all had to make changes to our festive plans and many more people will be facing the prospect of spending Christmas Day by themselves.