A New Year- a reason to be optimistic

Below is my latest Seaside news article.

Despite the possibility of welcoming in the new year under the highest level of restrictions, (at the time of writing, Covid cases are rising in nearly all our local authority areas), we can welcome 2021 with cautious optimism. Against the odds, a Covid-19 vaccine has proven to be effective, has received MHRA approval for use and is being rolled out to our most vulnerable. There are two other vaccines that have proved effective with one awaiting MHRA approval. All health boards in Wales have started administering vaccines to care home staff, those over 80 years and frontline health and social care workers most at risk. Vaccinations will continue apace in 2021. The aim is to vaccinate as many people as possible, as swiftly as possible, safely and with minimal vaccine waste.

The Welsh Government has been working to find a solution where it can deliver the vaccine to care homes and (at time of writing) a pilot programme is underway in North Wales. If successful, the Welsh Government will roll out care home vaccination across Wales in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we must continue our efforts to control the spread of coronavirus in Wales.

*This was submitted to the editor on the 15th December 2020*