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The Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has said that the public may have to continue wearing masks until next winter, despite Britain’s national vaccination rollout, The Daily Telegraph reports.

As hospitals across the country began administering jabs to the most vulnerable, Sir Patrick hailed the beginning of the UK’s largest ever immunisation programme as a “tremendous day”, but suggested that restrictions may remain in place long after its full rollout.

The NHS will expand its vaccination programme next week, with the Pfizer jabs rolled out beyond 70 hospitals to around 300 GP hubs, targeting those aged 80 and over.

Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped “several million” people would be vaccinated by Christmas.


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