Commenting after it was announced that Moray will move down to level 2 restrictions from midnight tonight (Friday) Moray MP Douglas Ross said this was due to the efforts of local people and local NHS staff who have ramped up the vaccination and testing programme. He also praised the public who have responded to the call to get vaccinated.
Mr Ross took the opportunity during a debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday to praise the hard work and dedication of NHS staff at the Fiona Elcock vaccination centre in Elgin, which he said had been one of the reasons the spike in Coronavirus cases had been reduced in Moray.
He added that it was down to them that the tourism and hospitality sector would be able to welcome people back to the area from tomorrow.
Douglas Ross said: “I know it has been difficult for people and businesses in Moray to remain in level three while almost every other part of the country saw restrictions eased but today’s news is extremely welcome and will be a relief to many. This has only been possible due to the effort by everyone in the local community here in Moray but special mention must go to our NHS staff.
“One of the crucial factors in getting the number of cases down has been more testing and an increase in the vaccinations.
“The massive increase in vaccinations has no doubt helped get Moray back to a more positive situation which is why I took the opportunity to thank Alison Smart and her team during a debate in the House of Commons this week.”
Explaining that he had received his first vaccine on Sunday at the Fiona Elcock Centre in Elgin, Douglas said that he had been impressed by the whole organisation and the professionalism of staff.
“I’m grateful to all the volunteers including local Rotarians who are helping to ensure the process is smooth and straight forward. The move to allow people without appointments to get their vaccination has been really important and the NHS staff have managed the big uplift in numbers so well.
“Alison Smart and her team have gone above and beyond to get us out of this crisis. They have done an outstanding job to get Moray back on track.
“While this is really positive news for Moray, I know people will continue to be vigilant so we don’t see further spikes in the future.”