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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Have A Fun and Safe Christmas

Wednesday, 22 December 2021


On behalf of Tameside Council I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year.

Unfortunately, it appears that this Christmas will take place in the shadow of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Rising infection rates across the country means that the government has rolled out a number of new protective measures, and is not ruling out taking further action if the NHS is put under significant strain. As you celebrate the festive period with friends and family, please do everything you can to continue protecting yourselves and those around you.

That being said, thanks to your combined efforts and sacrifice we have come a long way from the dark days of full lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic. On the 16 December, we celebrated the anniversary of the first coronavirus vaccine being used in Tameside and Glossop. In the year since, an army of health staff and volunteers have pulled out all the stops to deliver over 400,000 jabs, covering both first and second vaccinations and the latest wave of booster injections. This work included the setting up, almost overnight, of five major vaccine hubs in the borough as well as pop-up and walk-in clinics and mobile vaccination vans and buses. Complementing this were our health experts, Covid Ambassadors and Community Champions who did everything in their power to spread awareness and bust myths about vaccinations, and advise residents in how to make the right choices to keep themselves and other safe. Every single person involved, in whatever capacity, has done an incredible job and it is no exaggeration to say that their speed, efficiency and care has help to save hundreds of lives. Thank you too to everybody who has played their part by getting their jab, and for those who have not yet, please remember that it is never too late to get vaccinated.

 

But staying safe over the Christmas period doesn’t just involve protecting ourselves and others from coronavirus. During the winter months it becomes even more important to make sure that the vulnerable in our communities are living in safety and comfort. While still being aware of coronavirus guidance and restrictions, please keep an eye out on neighbours, family and friends who may be at risk. Even a quick phone call or arranging to get them some shopping could make all the difference.

In that vein, I would ask you to also keep in your thoughts the people for whom Christmas is just another day on the job. As well as our health and social care workers, a number of other amazing professionals including our police, fire and rescue services and armed forces will still be putting the work in to ensure that the vital services which we all depend on are kept ready and able to respond to any emergencies.

Looking beyond the pandemic to reflect on this year as a whole, I’m proud of what we have achieved in the face of very difficult circumstances. With our focus on Inclusive Growth we have set a strong platform for recovery and renewal in 2022, and many of our residents are already benefitting from the completion of projects such as Droylsden Library, Hyde Pool and the improved economic and cultural offer being delivered by our markets. Through the launch of the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission in November, we are also taking steps to ensure that our plans for improvement and growth make a real difference to the lives of those who need it the most. In the face of the coronavirus and the cost of living crisis, our communities have rallied and proven that our ambitions for the place we all call home burn as fiercely as ever.

My thanks go out to everybody this year who has held the pandemic at bay and made our moments of success possible. Let’s enjoy our Christmas holidays, and prepare to embark once again in 2022 on our mission to build a Tameside we can all be proud of.

 

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