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Cambridgeshire Mayor urges county's workforce to get the jab

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The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has backed a campaign to encourage the county’s workforce to get vaccinated.

Dr Nik Johnson has called on businesses to urge their employers to get the jab to ensure the county’s economy keeps moving.

The campaign has been picked up by Ely-based Cambridge Commodities, which provides nutritional ingredients to the food industry.

James Stevens CEO of Cambridgeshire Commodoties. (49954921)
James Stevens CEO of Cambridgeshire Commodoties. (49954921)

Founder and chief executive James Stevens has made a short film highlighting how important it is for his workforce to receive both Covid vaccination jabs and play their part in keeping the local economy thriving.

The Cambridge Commodities film was produced following the recent announcement that over 70 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered across England, with over 1.1 million given in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough alone.

Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have been working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the campaign, who are leading the local delivery of the vaccination programme, which will continue with films from other employers across Cambridgeshire.

Anyone over the age of 18 can book online or visit a walk-in centre to get their first or second dose of the vaccine, and people are being urged not to delay. People can receive their second dose eight weeks after the date of receiving their first one.

James Stevens said: “We have found the last 18 months challenging. Whilst most of our our sales, technical and admin teams have been able to work remotely, our warehouse and packaging staff based at our headquarters in Cambridgeshire are not able to work from home. We have been very keen to make sure our staff have been kept safe throughout the pandemic and have made the site Covid secure.

“We all want to start finding a way back to normal and to do this we need to protect each other by having two doses of the vaccine. Only when we are all protected, can we protect our families, our colleagues and our livelihoods.”

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “Having the local community and workplaces vaccinated is vital to keep the numbers of Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths as low as possible. There is also emerging evidence that the vaccine can also help stop the virus spreading.

“As the country cautiously moves out of restrictions, we need to be more considerate of each other, which includes getting the vaccine to not only protect ourselves but also to protect our colleagues and our communities. Please get your first and second jabs to help keep communities safe and to keep Cambridgeshire and Peterborough working.”

County Councillor Lucy Nethsingha, leader of the Joint Administration at Cambridgeshire County Council added: “I really support what the Mayor is saying and it is great that he and local businesses are backing this campaign. However, we now need people to act and get both doses of the vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the virus. Please be under no illusions, Covid can be a serious illness for you whatever your age and can kill if you are not fully vaccinated. Make sure you are doing the right thing and get your first and second jabs.”

To find out more about walk-in clinics, how to book an appointment or more information about the vaccine, visit https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

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