Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has reminded the UK public that “immunity is not 100 percent”, after a “terrific” update regarding the cornavirus vaccine rollout.
The doctor urged people to remember that while it’s been reported that almost three quarters of the population are now thought to be immune in some way or another, it doesn’t mean life can go back to normal just yet.
It comes as Monday marks the day that many hospitality venues such as gyms, shops and beer gardens are allowed to open up, while people must follow the current social distancing guidelines.
Scientists have said that within days, the UK is racing towards a “milestone” in regards to managing herd immunity against Covid-19.
But as restrictions begin to lift, Hilary explained why people should not get ahead of themselves and should remain “cautious”.
Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has reminded the UK public that “immunity is not 100 percent” (Image: ITV)
Host Susanna Reid said to him: “Dr Hilary, quite a significant moment today. I know the Prime Minister was going by the data not the date, but he has good news today in the sense that weve reached almost three quarters of our population is now immune, in some way, shape or form.
“Either because theyve previously been infected or because of the vaccination.”
Hilary replied: “Yeah, it’s a terrific week to talk about this. Weve done so well with the vaccination rollout, so many NHS workers and volunteers have been involved in this.
Monday marks the day that many hospitality venues such as gyms, shops and beer gardens are allowed to open up (Image: Getty Images)
“It’s really remarkable, we’re well ahead of Europe and on a par with the US, it’s really good.
“But we must remember that immunity is not 100 percent, that there are new variants circulating and we still have to be pretty cautious.”
Hilary went on: “It is a wonderful thing that we have achieved, it really is and herd immunity is a strange thing.
Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones urged the public not to get complacent with the rules (Image: ITV)
“This modelling of herd immunity that means that we are protecting people who cannot have vaccinations for whatever reason, those people who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised are protected when the herd is largely immune, either through natural disease or vaccination.
“However, it’s a little bit more complex than that as with herd immunity, some infections are more contagious than others.”
Hilary added: “So it does vary and it depends on the R rate and depends on various other factors, and of course in some remoter parts of the country, very little infection so very little immunity whereas in other places where you’ve had high rates of infection, high degrees of herd immunity.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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