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Vaccines are our path to freedom - but it would be counter-productive to make them mandatory

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Britain’s vaccine programme has been a stellar success, all the more welcome after the disasters leading to our dreadful pandemic death rates. Twenty million people have been given first doses since Margaret Keenan started the rollout in early December.

After I received mine, I walked home with a big smile on my face and bounce in my step; it felt like I was heading back to a world of handshakes, hugs and humanity. Some people dress up to celebrate getting that precious needle jabbed in their arm, while others burst into tears such is their emotional release over an injection of hope.

These feelings are unsurprising. Lives have been shaken and certainties shattered by this bleak year of tragedy and trauma.

Even leading pandemic sceptics have found excuses to take their medicine. Now there are signs of tumbling death and infection rates as highest-risk people receive protection.

In one sign of the sudden burst of optimism, boosted by the sun’s arrival, summer music festivals have sold out. In Israel, where half the population has been vaccinated, a concert was held last week in a Tel Aviv park after a hiatus on such events for 11 months.

These vaccines were developed quicker and work better than we dared hope. Yet concerns remain when a significant rump of people remain hesitant, fearful what they might be putting into their bodies.

This is a major problem if there are millions of potential host bodies left to infect since it will make it hard........

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