Health & Fitness Covid breakthrough: ‘Incredibly safe' for vaccinated people to meet - just not allowed yet
Some areas of England have given thousands more second Covid jabs than others - the disparity examined
Some areas of England have given thousands more second Covid jabs than others - the disparity examinedRecent NHS England data by the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) shows that some parts of the country have fully vaccinated over 20 per cent of their over-80s population, but in some areas the figure is as low as 0.1 per cent.
But Professor Van-Tam does not expect this to be granted immediately, suggesting a vague timeline that it may be allowed "soon" but "not quite now". It marks a significant milestone as the UK with a quarter of all adults fully.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said meetings between people who have had two doses of the Covid vaccine were "incredibly safe".
Under current lockdown rules, members of the public must not meet anyone indoors that they do not currently live with unless a support bubble has been formed.
Government guidelines say that meetings outdoors can occur in groups no larger than six people from a number of households or any size group from up to two households.
Only 37% of nursing home staff have had at least one COVID-19 shot
A new CDC report found that nearly 78% of all U.S. nursing home residents have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine but just 37.5% of staff members have been given one shot.More than three-quarters of people living in long-term care facilities had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 immunization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Wednesday.
The Government has faced calls to allow hugs between loved ones if they have been vaccinated, following models followed by other countries such as the US which have granted more freedoms to those who have had the jab.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said Britain's "cultural perspective" approach rather than a scientific one is intended to bind us together, although she suggested the Government was re-examining this approach.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Professor Van-Tam was asked about her comments.
He said: "If two people who both had two doses of vaccine and have both served at least 14 days after their second dose, then I would be highly confident scientifically that - if those were reputable vaccines - then indeed it would be incredibly safe for those two people to meet."
Experts outline EXACTLY how much of the population must be vaccinated for lockdown to end
VACCINATIONS are being rapidly rolled out across Britain with more than 10 million vaccine doses having been administered so far. But with more than 50 million people left to vaccinate, how long will this take and how much of the population needs to be vaccinated before we can return to normality?Britain is home to an estimated 67.8 million people, which is an uplift of around 4.6m since the 2011 Census according to the Office for National Statistics.
Professor Van-Tam warned that although a quarter of adults are fully vaccinated there are also many below the age of 42 that have yet to receive their first dose.
He added: "I know this feels tantalisingly, extremely close and it is going to be frustrating at times, particularly for those who have had their two doses - but we just need to make sure we don't have to go backwards again on any of this.
"Hold the line for just a teeny bit longer."
Despite the UK's successful vaccination programme, Government ministers are still urging the public to adhere to social distance guidance and follow good hygiene practices.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Wednesday that 60 million booster jabs will be available in the future.
Covid vaccines have NOT caused serious side effects in teens in Israel
Israel's health ministry began vaccinating 600 16- to 18-year-olds with underlying conditions making them susceptible to coronavirus in January, with none displaying severe side effects.Israel's health ministry analysed data from 600 vaccinated children aged 16 to 18 with underlying conditions that would put adults at high risk from Covid.
In a Downing Street press briefing, the health secretary said: "I'm delighted to be able to tell you that we've secured a further 60 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be used alongside others as part of our booster shot programme later this year."
CDC says it does not yet recommend pregnant women get Covid vaccines .
Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said Friday the 'CDC recommends pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine,' but the agency has not updated its guidance with this strong language.'CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine,' director Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a Friday White House press briefing.