Yet, while Covid restrictions will, inevitably, form the backdrop to the nation’s tributes to His Royal Highness and his forthcoming funeral, there will also be a sense that the continuation of the vaccine rollout remains the country’s top priority – even on this most sombre of weekends.
This has, after all, been one of the most difficult weeks so far in the vaccine programme and it is a credit to the nation’s scientists for showing such candour, and speaking so clearly, when some concerns did emerge about the efficacy of the groundbreaking AstraZeneca jabs.
But it is also paramount that momentum is maintained and steps take to reassure younger people, and members of the BAME community, who might, as a result, be more reluctant about having the vaccine in the coming weeks.
As such, it is equally important, as Britain prepares to slowly reopen its high streets and town centres, that pharmacists and local GPs utilise their presence in local communities to further encourage take-up of Covid vaccines.
For, put simply, the more people who do have the vaccine, and the encourage friends and family by word of mouth to do likewise, the sooner that steps can be taken to encourage workers to return to offices in those town and city centres which have been largely dormant for more than a year.
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