Vaccine rollout gathers pace but no quick fix yet

In spite of some initial hiccups, the programme is up and running but the advice is to ‘hold firm’ until herd immunity is established

17th January, 2021
Vaccine rollout gathers pace but no quick fix yet
Receiving the Covid jab: some hospitals have experienced teething problems with the rollout of the vaccine Picture: Getty

“Until such time as high levels of vaccination coverage are reached, the non-pharmaceutical protection measures need to continue. This is likely to be the case well into 2021.”

These were the words of Dr Lorraine Doherty, national clinical director of health protection, writing in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s monthly newsletter last week. They served as a timely reminder that despite the hope offered by vaccines, they alone will not turn the tide on...

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