ISLE of Wight MP Bob Seely says he thinks there will be "significant announcements in the next week or two" about the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine on the Isle of Wight.

Speaking to the County Press, Mr Seely said: "Having talked with officials last night, I'm really encouraged to hear there is a lot of intention planning going on.

"The Isle of Wight is very well placed, and everything I've seen leads me to believe the Island is right up there when it comes to planning for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

"The government is very aware of the need to make sure we get a vaccination process rolled out quickly.

"The experts are not in a position yet to say exactly, in detail, how it's going to happen, but there will be significant announcements in the next week or two.

"I hope vaccination will start before the year's end, and I think there is going to be some important announcements about what the timetable will look like.

"I know there are a lot of smart people working on the planning of this, and following a call from them yesterday, I'm very impressed and reassured by what I have heard from them about their plan.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel."

The news comes after the Isle of Wight became one of only three areas in England to be placed into Tier One for Covid restrictions.

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Health secretary Matt Hancock once again praised the Isle of Wight population for its vigilance, as it joined Cornwall and the Scilly Isles in the lowest level of restrictions.

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