The Covid pandemic has been brutal, hospitals have been overwhelmed, lives have been turned upside down, families have been torn apart, people have been allowed to die in hospitals without their loved ones around them.

However, despite all this we are so lucky to live in Britain and to have been offered the rollout vaccinations since December 2020.

The good news is that the two jabs really do work in the fight against the disease but unfortunately after a period of six months the protection begins to wane.

This is why it is imperative that everyone over 50 needs to take up the offer of a booster jab to help prevent them getting seriously affected by Covid and to stop them spreading this deadly disease. Unfortunately there are a minority who for health reasons are unable to have the vaccine.

Thanks to the dedication of scientists and healthcare professionals alike who created the vaccine we have seen life return to a degree of normality. Please accept the opportunity to protect not only yourself, your family and friends but also the NHS.

The third jab really is a privilege and we should take it as soon as it is offered to show our gratitude to the scientists and healthcare staff who have made it possible.

Maybe we will be able to enjoy a more normal Christmas and be able to hug the people we love because the number of infections has dropped dramatically.

Covid is going to be a part of our lives for some time yet but please do your bit and take up the offer as soon as you can.

Mrs L M Jackson