People who received their first Covid-19 shot should stay home for three weeks after their injection, because it can take so long for immunity to ‘kick in,’ Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned last night.
He said that while getting vaccinated was “something to celebrate,” recipients of the shot had to “remain patient.”
The warning from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England stems from concerns among ministers that vaccinated people may mingle with others or reduce their social aloofness too quickly.
That can be fatal for older recipients of the vaccine, who make up the majority of those who have had it to date, and are at risk of spreading the virus more widely among the population.
Prof Van-Tam said: ‘Regardless of whether someone has had their vaccination or not, it is vital that everyone follows national restrictions and public health advice as it takes up to three weeks for protection to kick in and we don’t yet know the impact. of vaccines upon transmission. ‘
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam at a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Downing Street, London
Prof. Van Tam’s warning came when the British daily Covid case fell 18 percent in a week after experts downplayed the government’s ‘panic-stricken’ claims that a The British variant of the coronavirus is more deadly than the original strain.
Another 33,552 people tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday – a drop of nearly 10,000 from the 41,346 registered last Saturday. It brings the total number of cases in the UK since the start of the pandemic to 3,617,459.
Official figures also revealed that 1,348 more people have died within 24 hours of testing positive for the virus – a 4.1 percent increase from Saturday’s 1,295.
But as a positive sign that the third wave of Covid fatalities in Britain could slow, last Saturday brought a 25 percent increase from week to week in daily cases, significantly higher than the increase we see today.
Boris Johnson revealed yesterday that the Kent coronavirus strain – responsible for the rising Covid cases recorded over the past month – could be 30 percent more deadly than older versions of the virus.
However, the prime minister has been accused of “panic-mongering” after failing to provide any evidence to support the terrifying development.
And the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage) – the group of scientists who advised the government during the pandemic – is only 50 percent certain that the new variant could be more deadly.
Professor Robert Dingwall, who is a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) – Sage’s subcommittee that discussed the new species’ lethality on Thursday – said the claim that the variant is 30 percent more deadly, on a “ very fragile ‘evidence base and accused the government of’ exploiting public fear ‘about the virus.
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said at the press conference that evidence that the species is indeed more deadly is still ‘weak’.
Dr. Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, revealed today that it is not “absolutely clear” whether a mutation of the virus first found in Kent is more dangerous.
Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said it’s an ‘open question’, but not a ‘game changer’ when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.
And Dr. Mike Tildesley, a member of the Sage subgroup of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling, said it was too early to draw “strong conclusions” about the proposed increased death rate.
Dr. PHE’s Doyle said it is still not ‘absolutely clear’ that the new variant of the coronavirus that emerged in the UK is more deadly than the original strain. She said more work was needed to determine if it was true.
She told the Today program: ‘Several investigations are currently underway. It is not entirely clear whether that will be the case. It’s too soon to tell.
There is some evidence, but it is very early evidence. These are a small number of cases and it is far too early to say that this will actually happen. ‘
Figures released today showed that there were an additional 1,079 cases of coronavirus in Wales and an additional 27 deaths.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, a further 76 people have died from the coronavirus, while 1,307 more positive cases have been confirmed.
There have been 12 more deaths from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, while an additional 670 positive cases of the virus were confirmed there on Saturday.
Separate figures published by the UK statistical offices for deaths with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths over the past few days, show that there are now 113,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in the UK.
The government also said there were 33,552 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9:00 am Friday.
The Sage paper cited three studies of the Kent strain: a London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study (left) based on 2,583 deaths that said the risk of death within 28 days of testing for the mutated strain in compared to non-mutant strains was 35. % times higher A study from Imperial College London (center) of the death rate of the new mutant strain in which the risk of death was 36% times higher A study from the University of Exeter (right) that suggested that the risk of death would be 91% may be higher. Both the Exeter and Imperial studies were based on only 8% of deaths during the study period
Boris Johnson (pictured) yesterday revealed that the Kent coronavirus strain – dubbed B.1.1.7 – could be 30 percent more deadly than older versions of the virus
Government data to January 22 shows of the 6,329,968 jabs given in the UK so far, 5,861,351 were the first doses – an increase of 478,248 from the previous day’s figures.
About 468,617 were second doses, an increase of 1,821 from the numbers released the previous day.
The seven-day moving average of the first doses given in the UK is now 328,882.
Based on the latest figures, an average of 397,333 first doses of vaccine each day would be needed to meet the government’s target of 15 million first doses by Feb. 15.
It comes after Sage’s warning, revealing that scientists are only 50 percent certain the variant could be more deadly, was handed to ministers just hours before the official speech to the public from Downing Street last night.
Ministers were only briefed on the development yesterday morning after members of Nervtag spoke about the issue on Thursday.
The group found there was a ‘realistic possibility’ that the variant resulted in an increased risk of death compared to the original strain.