View from the chamber: 'The vaccines are safe, they work'

England fans celebrate after the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium, London. Pictur

England fans celebrate the Three Lions win over Germany after the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium. - Credit: PA

With Wembley playing host to both the Euros and the government’s experiment with crowds at live events, it’s a relief that our local daily Covid-19 caseload is just one twelfth of December’s peak. For context, London’s is around one seventh of that same December peak. Better news still is that having been through so much trauma and tragedy these past 18 months, hospitalisation and mortality rates remain mercifully low.

It’s becoming clearer by the day that vaccinations are breaking the links between infection, transmission, severe illness, and death. Here in Brent, at the time of writing, 197,007 people have received their first dose, with 132,445 also having had their second – these are reasonable numbers but they could be a good deal higher, so if you’re still waiting for the opportunity or apprehensive about what’s involved, have a look at brent.gov.uk/vaccine - we all need to play our part.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leder of Brent Council, attended the festical (Pic: Francis Henry)

Cllr Muhammed Butt has had to increase council tax for Brent residents - Credit: Frances Henry

The vaccines are safe, they work, and are the best way of protecting yourself and your loved ones from the worst aspects of this awful disease.

Throughout the crisis, we have done as much as possible to help and support everyone in need. As time has passed, our capacity for providing such support has increased not least in our ability to provide millions of pounds in direct cash grants to residents and businesses alike. We now stand ready once again, with proposals worth £17million, to provide local people and local enterprise with the stimulus and support this borough needs to recover and rebuild.


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