The news of the results of the research into the effects of the vaccination programme, which we have this morning, is hugely significant, and a real fillip to our hopes for managing our way through the next stages of the pandemic. Key amongst the highlights announced this morning, it seems to me, is the finding that those who have been vaccinated are not only being shielded themselves, but are also unlikely to pass the virus on. That had been one of the big concerns, if I understand the situation correctly, that if the older half of the population had been vaccinated, the younger half might become more vulnerable as life returned to normal and the older people felt safe. That seems not to be the case, rather the opposite. Vaccinating one person makes those close to them safer too.
The other good news appears to be that the twelve-week space between first and second doses is fine, when the advice had been that a much shorter period was what was required. So, all in all, though the day to day news is still awful, of many people being infected, hospitalised and a very large number dying, many of the country’s most vulnerable people are starting to be protected at last, and the proof of the research is encouraging.
The call of the archbishops’ to daily prayer at 6.00 p.m. continues:
as we remember before you the thousands
who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.