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.
Vaccinations have severely weakened the link between Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths – so it is right to use the long-term protection offered by these vaccines to ease restrictions on travel, as well as restrictions at home.
That is why, from 19 July, people who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine will be able to travel from amber list countries to England without having to quarantine – only having to complete a pre-departure test before arrival, alongside a PCR test on or before day two after arrival. Children under the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated will also not have to isolate.
This is only the first phase of re-opening international travel – Britain is already working to recognise other countries vaccine certification as quickly as possible, to remove quarantine for vaccinated non-UK residents arriving from amber countries later this summer, where it is safe to do so.
This has only been possible thanks to the success of our world-beating vaccine programme – allowing people to be reunited with loved ones overseas as we continue our return to normality as quickly as possible.