Health reporter, BBC News
Jonathan Van Tam warned this morning that people should not assume the pandemic was over, or let their guard down.
He said there were “some hard months to come” and urged caution, particularly when meeting other people, and the wearing of face coverings in appropriate places.
He was clear that vaccinating young children from the age of five is not a priority in the UK – unlike in the US. Instead, boosters and first doses for the five million unvaccinated are much more important.
But it’s not just Covid he’s worried about.
Flu and other winter respiratory viruses are returning this season after a complete absence last year when no one was mixing – and anything we can do to protect against Covid will protect against them too.