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Vaccinated people ‘should be allowed to meet up’, claims scientist

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Travelling abroad for a holiday is currently banned under new government guidelines but some countries said they would welcome vaccinated Brits. Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist and head of the COVID symptom Tracker App run by King’s College London, believes that, because the immunisation programme is successful, there’s no reason why the vaccinated shouldn’t be able to go about their normal lives. 

The news comes as a spike in coronavirus cases is reported across Europe amid fears about the possibility of cases rising to 100,000 a day in Germany.

Prof Spector told Press Association: “I think we’re actually in a much better place than many people are telling us, and I, for one, I’m not worried too much about what’s happening abroad.

“I think we need to start talking about when people who have been vaccinated can start seeing other vaccinated people.

“And there’s no real science now stopping, for example, me seeing my vaccinated mother in a care home or, you know, wherever they live.”

He added: “So I think we need to start moving to this next area and realise that our plan is working, and that we were doing well.”

Under current Government restrictions, a £5,000 fine can be issued to anyone caught travelling abroad on holiday from the UK.

Prof Spector said: “Anyone travelling from an area of low COVID to an area of high COVID is obviously putting themselves more at risk of getting infected, so that’s a consideration even within this country.

“But if you’ve been vaccinated, and many of the elderly people have, there’s no scientific rationale to stop them from travelling.”

The professor continued to argue that the mental state of people across the country needs to be considered.

He added the best case scenario would be if everyone meeting had been given both doses of the vaccine, but suggested that even under one dose there would be no serious effects.

“I think ideally, yes, wait for both vaccines for both people,” he said, “but I think once you’ve gone over a month after your first one, most people are going to be safe to see people who are free of COVID and themselves vaccinated.”

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Professor Spector also argued against the new surge in infections across Europe would most likely be a “ripple” rather than a wave.

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