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Letting the vaccinated bypass quarantine in England “will cause resentment” |  Vaccines and immunizations

Allowing those who have received two doses of a Covid vaccine to skip quarantine could create resentment and lead to massive non-compliance, warned a scientific adviser.

Robert West, professor of health psychology at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health at University College London, told Times Radio that he could “see the foundation” of the policy, but that there were major problems that “outweigh the potential benefits.” .

West, who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviors, which advises Sage, spoke after reports that the government is proposing to remove all legal requirements, including self-isolation, for fully vaccinated individuals who come into contact with someone who is infected.

A meeting of the Covid operations committee will take place on Monday in which ministers are expected to sign a plan that will mean that fully vaccinated people will be recommended to undergo daily tests, but will not be asked to do so. .

West said: “The most serious problem is that if you have a situation where not even everyone has been offered the vaccine, then you clearly already have a great injustice.

“When you do injustice in situations like this, you create resentment and when you get resentment you can lose compliance.”

West added that “the only possible scenario” in which the policy could work was “a long way in the future” when everyone has been offered a double vaccine.

However, Dr Bharat Pankhania, a clinical professor of communicable diseases at the University of Exeter medical school, said he thought it was “perfectly fine” for people who had received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to be exempt. of quarantine measures.