As part of a free online event on March 4 hosted by editor of The News, Mark Waldron, five panellists will respond to queries from the public about coronavirus, from lockdown to vaccinations.
The hour-long session held via Microsoft Teams will feature Helen Atkinson, the city’s public health director, Councillor Matthew Winnington, the city council’s health boss, Angela Anderson, clinical director for vaccinations at Solent NHS Trust, GP Dr Abu Mohammed and Superintendent Clare Jenkins from Hampshire Constabulary.
Ms Atkinson said: ‘I’m really hoping interested members of the public will join me and the rest of the panel for our live open forum session where they can ask us questions about coronavirus.
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‘It’s a complex, constantly changing situation driven by the science and data, but with people’s lives being the most important focus. Having this sort of session not only enables people to ask questions, but allows us all to have a two-way conversation, which is always beneficial.’
Cllr Winnington added: ‘I’m looking forward to this live session to hear people’s concerns and questions. Not being face-to-face with people over the last 12 months has been difficult on many fronts – meeting with people is how I get a better understanding of how I can help and where I should be focusing my efforts in my role as cabinet member for health, wellbeing and social care.’
Residents will have a chance to register their questions for panellists when signing up to the event online.
Mr Waldron encouraged readers to take part.
‘This is a unique opportunity to address any questions and concerns people in Portsmouth have about coronavirus,’ he said.
‘So I would urge as may people as possible to get involved – even if you don’t have a question yourself, it will still be worth hearing what our experts have to say.’
The event will take place between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, March 4.