‘People may drop their guard’ Scientist warns of rule-breaking by the vaccinated

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Sage behavioural scientist Professor Susan Michie has warned people may follow the lockdown restrictions less strictly after getting vaccinated for coronavirus.

Following a paper of hers being published by the Government advisory group on Friday, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The concern is that as the vaccination programme rolls out and more people are getting vaccinated themselves and seeing other people in their community getting vaccinated, that people may drop their guard.”

She said evidence comes from Lyme disease and influenza vaccine rollouts where those vaccinated were less likely to adhere to preventative behaviours.

In national surveys from December, some 29% of people said that after getting vaccinated they would adhere less strictly and 11% said they would not follow the rules.

Yesterday, Jonathan Van-Tam said it is up to the public to hold their nerve and obey coronavirus restrictions in order to not risk the easing of the lockdown.

England’s deputy chief medical officer told the Downing Street press conference: “I do worry that people think it’s all over.

“The more they think that when it’s not, the greater the headwind they’re going to give to the vaccine programme and the more at risk will become the milestones set on the road map.

“It is actually up to us whether we can hold our nerve and see this through properly to the end of the road map or whether we’re going to fall at the last furlong.”



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