But Professor Van-Tam does not expect this to be granted immediately, suggesting a vague timeline that it may be allowed “soon” but “not quite now”. It marks a significant milestone as the UK with a quarter of all adults fully vaccinated.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said meetings between people who have had two doses of the Covid vaccine were “incredibly safe”.
Under current lockdown rules, members of the public must not meet anyone indoors that they do not currently live with unless a support bubble has been formed.
Government guidelines say that meetings outdoors can occur in groups no larger than six people from a number of households or any size group from up to two households.
The Government has faced calls to allow hugs between loved ones if they have been vaccinated, following models followed by other countries such as the US which have granted more freedoms to those who have had the jab.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said Britain’s “cultural perspective” approach rather than a scientific one is intended to bind us together, although she suggested the Government was re-examining this approach.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Professor Van-Tam was asked about her comments.
He said: “If two people who both had two doses of vaccine and have both served at least 14 days after their second dose, then I would be highly confident scientifically that – if those were reputable vaccines – then indeed it would be incredibly safe for those two people to meet.”
Professor Van-Tam warned that although a quarter of adults are fully vaccinated there are also many below the age of 42 that have yet to receive their first dose.
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In a Downing Street press briefing, the health secretary said: “I’m delighted to be able to tell you that we’ve secured a further 60 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be used alongside others as part of our booster shot programme later this year.”