Having one of the new coronavirus vaccines does not mean Britons, including pensioners, can act with ‘wild abandon and go off to the bingo halls’, the Deputy chief medical officer has said. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam was asked at Wednesday’s Downing Street press conference whether people who have had two doses of a vaccine would still have to follow strict rules such as not seeing their families. The scientist defined the question as whether ‘it’s OK to behave with wild abandon and go off to the bingo halls and so forth’. He said a lot was still unknown about whether jabs stopped people passing the disease to others and urged people to be ‘patient’. The official told reporters that the ‘magic phrase’ was ‘transmission’ and said scientists would know within a couple of months how effective the vaccines are at reducing the chances of ‘severe illness’ from Covid. His comments yesterday came after regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency on Wednesday approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and figures showed around 280,000 people a day are currently being given the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam on Wednesday urged people to be ‘patient’ before they act with ‘wild abandon’ when they have… Read full this story
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