Beaconsfield MP Joy Morrissey writes exclusively to readers:

This week saw the very first people vaccinated in the UK, and across the world.

Because we have moved quickly and acted decisively, Britain stands to reap the benefits of the scientific breakthroughs far more rapidly than many other states who have failed to secure enough doses of vaccine, or who have been slow to grant regulatory approval.

Across the country vaccine hubs are being set up at hospital sites to vaccinate the most vulnerable.

Our nearest site is Wexham Park, and the first in line for a vaccine will be those who live and work in care homes, and those over the age of 80.

The priority list, which has been drawn together independently, will prioritise those most at risk, namely the elderly, healthcare workers, and the extremely clinically vulnerable, before rolling out the vaccine to younger cohorts of the population.

I must stress how essential it is for those eligible for a vaccine to go and get one. The vaccine has been rigorously tested and independently approved by the state regulator.

It has also been tested successfully on more than 20,000 people, an unprecedented number for vaccine development.

In short, this vaccine is safe, and has a 95% efficacy rate. I understand the concerns people have, especially regarding the speed at which the vaccine has come to market.

However, this is a result of the incredible international effort the likes of which has never been seen before which has enabled us to develop this vaccine much more quickly.

I would therefore strongly urge you to get vaccinated if you are eligible, or to encourage your loved ones if they are eligible also.

Doing so will help us get back to normal more quickly and reunite with our loved ones once more.