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.
Our vaccine rollout has already saved thousands of lives and prevented millions of infections – but we must now future-proof this progress and protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of the winter.
That is why, subject to final advice from the JCVI, from September the NHS will offer everyone over 50 and the most vulnerable a booster vaccine that will prolong the protection they have received from the first two vaccine doses, and protect them from becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19 over the winter period.
Our first COVID-19 vaccination programme is restoring freedom in this country, and this booster programme will protect this freedom – allowing us to return to normal as soon as possible.