We’re all in this together. That’s more than a nice sentiment. In our hyper-connected modern world, what we do impacts upon one another, never more so than in a pandemic.
How we each choose to approach COVID-19 doesn’t simply affect us, it affects our whole community, and through them the world. Truly, none of us are safe from COVID-19 until all of us are safe from COVID-19.
It’s tempting to focus on those few who don’t follow the rules and in doing so put others at risk. While those individuals are at fault, so too is the failure of decision-makers to put the enforcement in place necessary to ensure rules would be followed. Laws don’t exist because everyone is an angel or a demon, they exist because without them there will always be some who put their personal interests ahead of the collective good of their community.
So, instead of focusing on the few, let’s look at the many. The people who have followed the rules. The people who have continued to undertake critical work. The people who have looked out for their neighbours. The people who have clapped and undertaken amazing acts of charity to support our NHS. Those are the amazing people who make up the majority and give me hope for Crawley’s future as we fight back against the economic and social crises the pandemic has created.
Our first step on the road to recovery is getting everyone vaccinated. Experts now believe it’s unlikely COVID-19 will ever go away, instead we must reach a point where enough of the population is immune that we can drastically limit its spread. That means somewhere around 90% of the population either catching the virus or being vaccinated, the latter being far safer for both the recipient and the people they come into contact with.
So, let’s get Britain vaccinated. The NHS needs 50,000 volunteers to complete the roll out of the vaccine and you can do your bit by signing up here: https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk We’re all in this together, let’s see it through to the end and then get on with rebuilding Crawley.
Cllr Peter Lamb
Leader, Crawley Borough Council