Vaccinations alone are unlikely to contain coronavirus infections in the UK, a new study suggests.
However, the researchers concluded that gradually easing lockdown restrictions and achieving high uptake of COVID-19 jabs can minimise future waves.
Professor Matt Keeling said: “Our modelling suggests that vaccination rollout in adults alone is unlikely to completely stop COVID-19 cases spreading in the UK.
“We also found that early sudden release of restrictions is likely to lead to a large wave of infection, whereas gradually easing measures over a period of many months could reduce the peak of future waves.”
He added that the huge success of the UK’s vaccine rollout so far – coupled with the government’s gradual roadmap for easing restrictions – is cause for optimism.
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