Vaccination approval news “provides much needed hope” – SDLP MLA

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
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SDLP Health Spokesperson, Colin McGrath MLA has welcomed the announcement of the approval of a vaccine for COVID-19, saying this news will provide people with hope for the future.


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The South Down MLA commented, “2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for all of us.



“Many people lost precious time with loved ones, opportunities and tens of thousands of people were sick due to the virus.

“However, more than 1,000 people across the North lost their lives.

“We should never forget those people, for whom the news of this vaccine is too late,” he continued.


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“This has been a very long year.

“People are tired of the restrictions, the masks, the distancing, missing loved ones but this news today will bring hope that better days are just around the corner.”

“The road to full vaccination across our community will be long,” he maintained.



“And I urge people not to drop their guard and continue to follow the public health advice.

“It might well take up to six months or more to deliver, but at least we know it is happening.”

“Today is a good day. A day of hope.



“A long-anticipated break to the cycle of bad news.

“Let’s enjoy this news and look forward with hope – but please let’s not drop our guard.

The local MLA added, “We still need to do the basics to stop the spread of the virus – wash your hands, wear masks and keep your distance.”


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