The British government has reached its goal of offering a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine to all adults in the country by 19 July. Then, as part of the normalization steps, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson called “Freedom Day”, the one-meter social distance rule and the legal mask requirement were removed. However, only 54 percent of the total population was fully vaccinated when under-18s were included in the country. That’s why some scientists think he’s acting hastily. However, some experts stated that the vaccination and herd immunity strategy should be followed together and found the decision appropriate. Here are England’s controversial normalization decision and scientific evaluations…
Christina Pagel, director of the Clinical Operations Research Unit at the University of London College in the UK, said authorities had to wait and rush to get more people vaccinated before lifting public health restrictions.
“There’s no downside to getting more people vaccinated. The UK restrictions should have been lifted completely when over 12s were vaccinated with two doses, not just one dose,” Pagel said.
On the other hand, some experts also supported the UK’s decision. Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “The Corona virus is not going anywhere. “Right now, we would likely see an increase when we lift restrictions in the fall or next spring,” he said.
Hunter stressed that the main benefit of the vaccination program is lower hospitalizations and a reduction in severe disease rates, rather than a reduction in cases. Professor Hunter also said now is the best time to lift quarantines, citing the possibility of weakening immunity six months after vaccination.
On the other hand, only 6 per cent of 70-79 year olds, 19 per cent 50-54 year olds and less than 25 per cent under 30 year olds in England are not fully vaccinated.
Vaccine uptake was high during the second wave of Covid-19 in the UK in the first months of 2021. But there are concerns that teens who are less concerned about serious illness may not be able to get their vaccines so soon. The chart above shows a lower initial dose intake for younger age groups.
On the other hand, full vaccination of every adult and adolescent in the UK will not prevent new cases, as vaccines are not 100 percent effective, Hunter reports. The vaccine reduces the effects of the disease, but does not eliminate it.
The diagram above shows the number of people who received a full dose of vaccine and subsequently contracted the corona virus.
For this reason, Hunter said that he believes that the safe way out of the corona virus is to allow natural infections by removing restrictions with the application of vaccines.
“I believe it is safe to lift restrictions as the most vulnerable people are vaccinated and far fewer are at risk. Like other corona viruses that cause the common cold, we will find a balance for Covid-19.
We will be exposed to reinfections every few years for the rest of our lives, but within a few years Covid-19 infections will be mostly cold-like or completely asymptomatic. “Each re-infection will actually act as a booster dose.”