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.
Vaccines are our route out of the pandemic – we already know that vaccinated people are less likely to get Covid-19 symptoms, and much, much less likely be admitted to hospital or die from COVID-19, and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus on to others.
In another step forwards, interim findings from the latest report of REACT-1, one of the country’s largest studies into Covid-19 infections in England, have shown that infection rates for double vaccinated under-65s are three times lower than in unvaccinated under-65s, meaning that our vaccine rollout is having a significant impact on stopping the spread of the virus.
It is vital that everyone gets their second life-saving jab so we can continue to weaken the link between cases, hospital admissions, and deaths, and build a wall of defence against the virus and return to our everyday lives.
Vaccination does not confer total immunity so a certain degree of caution is still necessary.