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Vaccines are ‘absolutely essential’ for summer holidays, says Hancock

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
11th Feb 21 10:57 am

The Health Secretary has said that the government are doing “everything we can” to allow summer holidays this year.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said, “I know that people are yearning for certainty over whether they can have a summer holiday, but pandemics are difficult times and there is a lot of uncertainty, so I am afraid that people will have to be patient before we can get that certainty.

“We are doing everything that we possibly can to make sure that people can have a holiday this summer but the vaccine rollout is absolutely essential to that.

“We will set out more in more detail when we can, but at the moment unfortunately there is that uncertainty still.”

He told Sky News, “We are doing everything we can to make sure people can have that holiday in the summer and, even before then, to be able to see their loved ones.

“Even before we get to whether we’re going on holiday or where we’re going on holiday, how soon we can see and hug our loved ones is important.

“Thankfully, because the vaccine rollout is going so well… that will all help us to get out of this and get back to normal.”

However, the Prime Minister said that it is “too early for people to be ceratin about what we will be able to do this summer.”

Mat Hancock told Sky News that he has booked his summer holiday this year to Cornwall, but he is not sure if his holiday will go ahead.

“I do understand, of course, the yearning for certainty. But certainty is hard in a pandemic,” the health secretary told Sky News.

Dr Simon Clarke, associate Professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said booking a holiday now is “one hell of a gamble.”

He suggested the government “had its fingers burned” by allowing travel corridors last summer.

He told LBC Radio, “We don’t know where we’re going to be, not only in this country in terms of vaccinations, but in terms of spread of troublesome variants and what other countries are going to have been able to do.

“So it really is too early to say. I think if people were to book holidays now, I’d like to do that myself, it would be one hell of a gamble.”

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