Leaders Viewpoint – Councillor Miles Parkinson OBE

“Following the recent announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, regarding the delay in restrictions easing, I would like to reassure people that support is available. Hyndburn, alongside the rest of East-Lancashire, is currently experiencing increasing rates of Covid-19 infections and we must keep working together to stop further spread.

“For businesses who are struggling the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme, phase 8, was recently opened and if anyone needs support with their mental health or getting essential supplies delivered the Hyndburn Hub are available: 01254 388 111 enquiries@hyndburnbc.gov.uk

“Hyndburn are now receiving additional support from Central Government to help combat the rising rates. This support includes more vaccinations and testing resource, the two things that will help us recover. This support is very welcome and means we can offer everyone the opportunity to have a Covid-19 test twice a week and a vaccine to everyone aged 18 or over.

“I am very pleased to say that more than 46,000 people in Hyndburn have had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, which is absolutely fantastic news! With the offer of vaccination now open to all adults we know this number will continue to rise. Every week there are walk-in vaccination clinics available in our borough and you can book your vaccination by calling 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus.

“Here in East-Lancashire our BAME population have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and we need to all work together to help our whole community recover. Unlike other areas in the UK, the average age of our BAME population is much younger and this younger generation have not yet had their invite for a vaccination. This makes it even more important that everyone who is eligible says yes to the vaccine, to protect those who cannot have it, or who may be more vulnerable to the virus.

“Please keep following the guidelines to protect your friends, family and community. Getting tested regularly and having both doses of the vaccine is the best way to recovery for Hyndburn.”