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13 January 2022, 16:00 | Updated: 13 January 2022, 16:08
Tobias Ellwood MP has asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if Classic FM could be played in temporary vaccination stations.
Temporary vaccination hubs have been set up across the country to allow as many people as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Volunteers have been trained to help administer vaccinations, and one of those volunteering in their local area is Tobias Ellwood, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East.
Today in the House of Commons, the Conservative MP spoke about his experience in the hubs.
“The atmosphere in these temporary hubs can be quite quiet and sombre,” he said, before addressing Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom. “Could I ask the Secretary of State if he could look at lifting the licensing conditions for radio?”
Ellwood then went on to name Classic FM among some of the organisations the secretary may wish to speak to.
Our hospitals are increasingly under pressure - meaning MORE restrictions may be on the way.— Tobias Ellwood MP (@Tobias_Ellwood) December 20, 2021
But the majority of new COVID patients have had NO jabs.
If you have not been vaccinated (without justification) you are part the OMICRON problem.
Please do visit your walk-in centre. pic.twitter.com/ouI16UGdbu
Ellwood concluded his suggestion remarking, “[playing these radio stations] would help to lift spirits as we go about this important national effort”.
Met with a “here, here”, the MP was responded to by Sajid Javid, who thanked him for his volunteer service, and his suggestion.
“I think it’s a very good suggestion”, said the Secretary of State. “It’s not something I had given thought to before, and I think it’s absolutely right that we contact these organisations and see if they would like to be a part of helping our army of vaccinators across the country.
“It’s a very good suggestion, I thank him for it, and we shall try and act on it”.