Top NI medic Dr Michael McBride: ‘The decisions you make over the next two weeks will determine’ a need for a THIRD lockdown

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride has cautioned that people in NI “need to be really careful over next couple of weeks and be cautious” and “please follow the guidance”.

By Gemma Murray
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 11:14 am

Speaking this morning on the Stephen Nolan BBC show he responded to queries about a third wave of COVID-19 in January.

“Nothing is inevitable,” he said.

“Whatever decisions the executive makes, depends on our behaviours in next few weeks”.

He added that our behaviour over Christmas and the “decisions we make over the next two weeks will make a real difference”.

The top medic said he believed NI will see a “degree of normality” by mid string and late summer with the vaccine programme


He said he knew the pandemic has been “hugely damaging but it is really important we stick with the key messages”.

“We have a tough two months ahead of us”.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride

He encouraged the public to get vaccinated which he said will “train our bodies to prevent the disease of coronavirus”.

He added that “the immunity you get from a vaccine is many times greater than from the natural infection”.

He added that medics “don’t know with any degree of certainty how long it lasts” but “this virus will not be going away - so we may need to think about annual vaccinations in the future”.

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