Boris Johnson: Vaccinated people should not meet indoors as jabs 'not 100% effective'
Boris Johnson warns the public not to mix indoors with people who have been vaccinated
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that people should not meet friends or family indoors this Easter weekend, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Boris Johnson posted a video on Twitter today, in which he answers questions from the public about the UK's roadmap out of lockdown.
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In the video, the PM said: "We're still very much in the world where you can meet friends and family outdoors under the rule of six or two households.
"Even though your friends and family members may be vaccinated, the vaccines are not giving 100 per cent protection, and that's why we just need to be cautious."
The PM added: "We don't think that they entirely reduce or remove the risk of transmission."
His warning comes after some lockdown restrictions were eased on 29 March, enabling people to once again meet up outdoors in a group of six or as two households and to enjoy organised sport outside.
During the video, the PM said that he believes it is safer to meet and play sports outside, which is reflected in the step-by-step roadmap out of lockdown.
The rollout of the vaccine programme is being widely used as the exit strategy to the pandemic.
As of 1 April, around 31,147,444 people across the UK have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, while over 4.5 million people have also had their second Covid jab.
Johsnon's comments come after recent figures suggested the R number for England could be between 0.8 and 1, an increase from between 0.7 and 0.9 last week.
SAGE's latest approximations suggest an upper R number of 1 across all regions in England, meaning the prevalence of the virus in the population would remain the same.
It's worth pointing out, however, that these figures are based on a relatively small number of cases, and so smaller outbreaks or clusters may lead to skewed figures.
#COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: Daily figures on the number of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.
As of 1 April, 31,147,444 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.
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