Cambridgeshire's Dr Liz shares her thoughts on public health one year on
Communities across the county have been integral in the fight against the pandemic says Cambridgeshire's director of public health.
Dr Liz Robin has given her take on the past year and what it has meant for our area as the country marks the anniversary of the first lockdown.
She said: "Our work with communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been integral to our fight against Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. We were among the first local authorities to produce vlogs in multiple languages for all residents and our community and faith leaders have been invaluable in helping us to promote vital safety messages.
"The pandemic has been hugely difficult for everyone. There's been so many personal tragedies and effects on our residents, both from the virus itself and its impacts on mental health.
"A year ago, I never would have predicted that we would so quickly have developed not one, but multiple vaccines and already be well on the way to distributing them to everyone.
"The vaccine is a real milestone, but it's important for us to remember it takes time to have its effect. Up to three weeks after the first dose, and for maximum protection it is essential to have the second dose too.
"Because of this, and the fact that many working age and young adults have not yet been vaccinated, it’s so important that we continue to follow social distancing guidance and the changes in the lockdown rules closely, as well as getting tested when necessary. We are at a transition point. It will get better, but it will take time.
"However, I have great faith in our residents and communities who have gone and above and beyond this last year to keep each other safe. Communities working together have real power in helping the residents that live in them live long and healthier lives."