As the vaccine rolls out and we hear of our government lockdown exit plans, it is encouraging that we can start to plan for the future and the possibility of a return to a more connected, healthier lifestyle.
However the pandemic isn’t over and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Michael McBride, has asked that community leaders help reinforce important public health messages in the run up to several key dates over the next few months. The first of those dates is Mother’s Day.
As 14th March approaches, the message from the CMO wants us to remember:
‘It is understandable that many will wish to spend time with their mother on Mother’s Day. The risks to older people and those with underlying health remains very real. While vaccination will over time protect many of those at risk of severe disease no vaccination is 100% effective and not everyone at risk is yet vaccinated. Please remember that a third of people infected with COVID have no symptoms and don’t know they have it. The more we mix the more we risk passing the virus on to others, particularly older people.’
This will be a very different Mother’s Day for many people. Here are some resources from the CovidWellBeingNI hub that may help: