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 Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, July 30, 2021
The UK Vaccination programme is now estimated to have saved 60,000 lives
Thanks to the continued success of this historic vaccine programme, the present wave of infections seems to be peaking and has not generated the level of hospitalisations and deaths which it previously would have. The majority of people in Cumbria's hospitals with COVID-19 now (late July) actually came into hospital for other conditions. Vaccination is protecting the most vulnerable, as we learn to live with the virus.
Our vaccines have already helped prevent 22 million infections and 60,000 deaths, which is why we are encouraging everyone who has not already done so – including young people and pregnant women – to come forward and get the jab.
Day by day, jab by jab, we are strengthening our defences against the virus and call on everyone to play their part in this historic effort.
If you have any concerns about whether vaccination is right for you or your family, discuss them with your GP, midwife, or an appropriately qualified medical professional.