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DUP MLAs Pam Cameron, Paula Bradley and Trevor Clarke met with BMA representatives this afternoon including Dr Alan Stout, to discuss issues around the vaccine roll-out in Northern Ireland.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Cameron, who is Vice Chair of the Assembly's Health Committee said, "This was a very useful engagement with the BMA. We discussed key issues around the vaccine roll-out. Those include provision for the over 70s, the clinically extremely vulnerable and the process around people who are housebound.

GP practices are very much on the front-line of this pandemic and the number of consultations being carried out is up on last year. There is a greater use of remote assessment but there is an awareness that some people may miss out. It was reassuring to know that assessments are ongoing as to how this can be improved.

The vaccine programme has been very successful to date and it is testament to everyone working in our health service that over 250,000 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland. It is very welcome that the roll out of mobile teams has commenced to ensure that those who are housebound or unable to attend a vaccination centre will receive the their dose.

I have asked that updates on the vaccination programme are sent to elected representatives to assist with the dissemination of information. I know that many GP practices are receiving huge volumes of queries and this obviously places a strain on very valuable resources.