Coronavirus restrictions could be lifted from spring next year if the vaccine is effective in stopping transmission, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
But he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that ministers do not yet know an exact date for this yet.
And it would depend on the usual indicators – the number of Covid cases, rates in the over 60s, hospital admissions and the number of deaths.
“We’ve said that we think from the spring things can start getting back to normal,” he said.
“I have great hopes for summer 2021 and I hope we can lift the restrictions from the spring.”
Asked whether vaccine “immunity passports” could be useful for companies, Hancock said: “The problem is that we don’t yet know if the vaccine stops you transmitting the virus.
“The card that people are being given is a reminder card for their second appointment.”