NUS Ghani, MP for Wealden, urged the Health Secretary to keep Wealden out of Tier 3 level of restrictions.

She said infection rates are low, and she wants to ensure that vaccines are easily accessible locally for Wealden residents.

She said in the House of Commons yesterday: “Our businesses are on their knees and I am deeply concerned about the impact of ongoing restrictions on them.

Wealden does not have huge increase in cases and the infection rate, and it also scores low on the Government’s five criteria for restrictions.

Therefore, I urged the Health Secretary to ensure that Wealden does not get swept up in tougher restrictions for our neighbouring areas which have experienced spikes in cases, as added restrictions are also having an adverse impact on residents with other health conditions.

“It is especially important for a rural constituency such as Wealden to have easy access to the Covid vaccine.

Having spent the weekend speaking to distressed elderly and vulnerable residents who struggle make the journey across the county to access the vaccine, I am determined to get the vaccine into Wealden.

I am pleased to have secured the attention that Wealden deserves, and I welcome the Minister’s commitment to deliver the vaccine to Wealden. In the meantime, if you are contacted by the NHS to get the vaccine, please honour the appointment and let them know if you have travel issues.”