Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Thanks to the sacrifices of people across the nation, the success of our vaccine programme and falling infection rates, yesterday we were able to take one small step to freedom with millions of people meeting up with loved ones outdoors - but as we continue along our roadmap, we must proceed with caution and continue to build the immunity of our population.
For many, April will be the ‘Second Dose Month’ and everybody is encouraged to take up their appointment when their turn comes as we push forwards with our efforts to offer a vaccination to all adults by the end of July.
As part of our fight against this virus, Britain is also building up our long-term UK manufacturing capabilities, and yesterday it was announced that GlaxoSmithKline will be carrying out the final stage of the manufacturing process for the Covid vaccine in the North East, giving us 50 to 60 million doses of UK made vaccine subject to approvals of the MHRA.
Whilst the government encourages everyone to have fun and get outdoors in the good weather, it is vital we continue to remember to wash our hands, cover our face, give people space and only meet others in the fresh air.