First Lockdown after COVID-19
During the first lockdown after covid-19, I accepted all restrictions on my rights to work, meet with family & friends and travel as I recognised the need to protect the vulnerable in the absence of a vaccine.
11 months on from the first vaccines and with over most of the country and virtually all the vulnerable ‘triple vaccinated’, I think it’s time to ask, “Who exactly are we locking down to protect and is the economic cost worth it?”
I accept the right of the individual,
even when faced with sound medical research showing the benefits of vaccines, not to take them. For a few, there are medical reasons why they cannot be vaccinated, but for many, it’s a personal choice or sheer laziness. However, the simple fact is that we live in a democracy and when 85% of the population have been vaccinated, government policy should be based on the needs of the vast majority, which means no further lockdowns and a policy of living with Covid-19.
More controversially what happens if Hospital wards do become overrun? Should the vaccinated take priority over the unvaccinated? My humanity says “no”, but cold logic says ‘of course, they should’
Living with Covid-19:
will need some changes to the “Norms”, for example carrying around Covid-19 passes for entry to certain locations. Having recently returned from a trip to France, where all entry to pubs and restaurants requires the presentation of a “Passe Sanitaire” proving your fully vaccinated status, I must question why the UK Media and Tory backbenchers find this a breach of our rights. Sorry, but I think it’s my right to demand that people I’m mixing within enclosed spaces are as safe as possible for my own personal health.
Similarly, I think it is reasonable to ask people who are going to sporting events, music festivals or travelling on holiday to take a low-priced lateral flow test. This provides reassurance and an increased likelihood of a Covid-19 free environment. Alan Prior’s Travel Advice for Covid-19 is a blog that is only for the boost up of travelling within the UK.
Whilst it’s free to use:
these services if you want to go to a music or sporting event? Why not for travellers? even if these tests are not free, the Government is best positioned to provide low-cost testing at around £12 per lateral flow and £22 for PCR which covers costs and generates a small profit for the NHS instead of allowing companies to operate within a captive market and line their pockets by over-charging travellers.
Given the Omicron infection rate in the UK,
I am more likely to catch Covid-19 from visiting a local pub, restaurant, or supermarket than whilst travelling. So, what is the logic of insisting travellers returning to the UK must quarantine for 2 days and take a further PCR test? Where is the scientific evidence that people returning to the UK have a higher infection rate than the domestic population? The simple answer is that there is none, but hitting travellers is an easily visible action when politicians want to be seen to be doing something.
One thing that can save the UK travel sector is the rapid spread of Omicron in a triple vaccinated population where the latest research shows it has a mild impact and provide ‘herd immunity, with the unvaccinated being locked down to protect them. Not locking down the whole population is the right choice for our economic wealth as a country and gives the travel industry a chance of a summer holiday season, assuming other holiday destinations take the same approach.
Alan Prior’s Travel Advice for Covid-19
Sorry if this blog offends, sounds selfish and treats travel as a priority when it’s clearly not for all. However, travel has been an important part of my life for many years and if we don’t fight hard the UK travel sector could easily be destroyed by another lengthy Covid-19 lockdown. All relevant authorities should read this Alan Prior’s Travel Advice for Covid-19 and take necessary actions.
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