For the first time since the pandemic struck we have been given a reason for hope.

From this week the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine will start to be administered.

It will be a life-changing moment for those living under the darkest clouds of Covid.

It means people who have been shielding will finally be able to leave their homes.

It means families can be reunited, care home visits can be made without fear, and frontline health workers can be protected.

In the long run, it offers the opportunity for life to return to normal so we can wave goodbye to the days of social distancing.

But vaccinations only work if the majority of people take them.

As deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam has warned, a low uptake of the jabs will almost certainly mean the restrictions will have to last longer.

Some people have concerns about the safety of the new vaccines.

The lack of faith in the government is consequence of Boris Johnson offering false hopes

This is partly because of the misleading information about inoculation that has been allowed to swirl unchecked across social media.

But it is also because of a lack of faith in this government.

That is why we should applaud celebrities who stepped forward to endorse the jab.

By setting an example they will encourage more people to get vaccinated which, in turn, will help us contain the virus.

The fact this paper has turned to A-listers for help in getting this message across is a damning reflection on the low standing of ministers.

The rollout of vaccine will be life-changing for those living under darkest clouds of Covid

It is a consequence of Boris Johnson lazily raising expectations and offering false hopes.

He told us in July that life could return to normal by Christmas. It didn’t.

He told us we could soon return to offices and workplaces. We didn’t.

He told us that a second lockdown in England was avoidable. It wasn’t.

When public trust has never been more essential for the good of the country, the Prime Minister has squandered it.

Cruellest cut

Months of Covid restrictions have taken a terrible toll on people’s mental health across the whole nation.

So it is inexplicable – not to say disgraceful – that the Government has decided to cut funding for the Time to Change charity.

For years the Sunday Mirror has been proud to work with this brilliant organisation to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The Time to Change charity has been backed by Frank Bruno

And its work has never been more in demand because of the rise in loneliness, anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic and the lockdowns needed to contain it.

It will now have to close in March because of the Government’s short-sightedness.

Only this Tory administration would strip money from where it is most needed, while handing billions of pounds in contracts to private firms and political cronies.

If ministers are genuine about tackling the country’s mental health crisis they will give Time to Change the funding it deserves.