Brits could wear face masks for another year despite Covid jab, expert warns

Brits may have to carry on wearing face coverings for another year despite the covid vaccine, warns an expert.

Although Britain has marked a historic moment and rolled out a vaccination programme, the country has some time before it can go back to normal.

Sir Patrick Vallance suggests restrictions may still be in place long after the vaccine is rolled out fully.

Currently, those who are most vulnerable are beginning to receive the first dose of the jab.

The Chief Scientific Advisor added Brits will have to wear face masks for at least another year due to the lack of knowledge around the vaccine preventing transmission as well as the stopping the virus from taking hold, reports The Telegraph.

It comes amid excitement surrounding the Pfizer vaccine.

Yesterday, a 90-year-old grandmother made history as the first patient to be given the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine in the UK – as she urged as many Brits as possible to get the jab.

Margaret Keenan was the first person to receive the vaccine outside clinical trials.

From next week, the NHS will roll the vaccine out to 70 hospitals and around 300 GP hubs.

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Those over the age of 80 will be first in line.

However, despite the vaccine, ministers have warned people to follow social distancing measures as normal and advised grandparents not to hug grandkids.

The government has secured 40 million doses of the vaccine, which needs to be refrigerated at -70C. Studies have shown the Pfizer/BioNTech jab is 95% effective in preventing Covid-19 and works in all age groups.

NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said on Sunday that the rollout of the vital jab "feels like the beginning of the end", but warned Brits it will be a "marathon, not a sprint" back to normality.

Boris Johnson called the approval of the vaccine a “momentous step” in the fight against Covid-19.

He added: "But we still have some way to go and everyone needs to keep following the rules to keep the virus under control."

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