The news surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of hope recently, at least in the UK where cases, hospitalisations, and deaths are falling off a cliff. This is partly because the UK is still in a nationwide lockdown, however with nearly half of all adults now vaccinated, with the majority of those most vulnerable jabbed first, it’s clear that vaccines are the route to normality. While questions remain about exactly when all adults will receive their first dose, the expected date of completion keeps slowly creeping forward, as more and more “real world” data floods in to show the vaccine is not just highly effective against serious illness, but also against transmission. So what will become of what some are already billing “The Third Summer of Love“?
Firstly, the UK has a solid “roadmap” to reopening as reported last month. However, the entire plan is strongly based on a “data not dates” premise, which means while some dates for removal of restrictions have been set, they are not set in stone. The most exciting date for the nightlife industry – from festivals to clubs, from pubs to bars – is June 21st, by which point the government expects to remove all final restrictions and allow everyone to have a massive party. But the independent body of scientists who advise the British government, SAGE, have made clear these dates are not guarantees, and are based on various aspects, one of which is the majority of people having had a first dose. The UK is massively prepared for vaccination on a mass scale, with hundreds of vaccination sites across the country ranging from local GP surgery’s to major stadiums, even cathedrals and other religious buildings. The major factor in speed of roll-out – whether it is fast or slow, and therefore when it might be completed, is quite simply supply.
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