Westoe Travel boss Graeme Brett has become a South Tyneside Covid community champion, and urged people in his local South Shields community to come forward and get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Brett, who has run Westoe Travel with his wife Joan for more than 30 years, made his plea to the people of South Shields in a South Tyneside Council YouTube video, reflecting on his and Westoe Travel’s Covid journey.
"I’m a local businessman, and as a local business, I know how important it is for us to get back to normal," said Brett. "It’s so nice people are starting to look forward to booking and going on holiday again.
"The vaccine is a huge part of getting back to normal. I had my first vaccine several weeks ago, and there was a real buzz and excitement among everyone who had it.
"I’m awaiting my second dose, but I know I need to continue to follow the guidelines even after I’ve had it. It’s completely free through our fantastic NHS."
Brett said that as a Covid community champion, he wanted to help allay any fears about getting vaccinated.
"There’s a lot of myths out there, but I would urge anyone to look on the NHS website, or have a chat with a qualified medical professional."
He also encouraged people to be wary of vaccine scams in the borough.
"I hope I can help some people in South Tyneside feel a bit safer taking the vaccine," said Brett.
"South Tyneside is a fantastic community, and we all support each other through the good times and the bad times.
"The end is in sight, we just need to hang on a little longer. Stay safe, and thank you South Tyneside."