As the stay at home rule is lifted in England, one of the UK’s most influential medical experts has urged the public to “be measured, stay cautious”.
Twelve weeks after England’s third lockdown was imposed, Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told The Independent: “We’ve got ourselves into a really good place with vaccinations and we don’t want to blow it all away now.
“Then we may have to reintroduce further lockdown measures, which would be just awful.”
The lifting of the ban on leisure travel on 29 March was revealed on 21 February by the prime minister, who said at the time: “People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise all travel wherever possible.”
Downing Street has provided no further guidance on what travel is permitted, and ministers have not offered clarity.
But Prof Harnden said: “Rushing over to other parts of country? I’m not sure it’s a great idea in the next few weeks.
“The vaccines have done a fantastic job at protecting the vulnerable and the elderly, but we’ve still got a large unvaccinated population between the ages of 18 and 50, plus all those over-50s who haven’t taken up the offer of a vaccine yet…