Newspaper headlines: Vaccinated told to follow rules and PM's jab 'gamble'

By BBC News
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Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, England's deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, says people who have had a Covid-19 vaccine could still pass the virus on to others and should continue following lockdown rules. Responding to criticism of the vaccine rollout from senior doctors, he asks whether those on an at-risk list should wait longer for their first dose so someone who's had a jab can have a booster.

Delaying the second coronavirus vaccines poses "Boris's biggest gamble", according to the Sunday People. The paper claims that dozens of care home residents have died from Covid-19 after receiving their first jab. In its editorial, it suggests the residents are being "thrown to the wolves".

The Sunday Telegraph says the Home Office is backing plans for British families returning from their holidays abroad to pay to spend 10 days in a heavily guarded airport hotel. The paper says talks are already under way with hotel chains, including the Holiday Inn owner, IHG.

The Independent says the quarantine plans are certain to be approved by the cabinet on Monday, but the "fight" will be over whether they'll involve all passengers or just those returning from high risk countries.

Sources tell the Mail on Sunday that the prime minister favours a "targeted approach".

The Observer claims ministers are facing an "explosive row" after more than 500 coronavirus cases were reported at the DVLA's offices in Swansea. The paper reports that Public Health Wales has received a complaint that workers have been asked to switch off their test and trace apps. But the DVLA insists it's been following all Welsh government advice to keep its offices secure and says the spike in cases before Christmas occurred when infection rates were high locally.

The Sunday Express believes the prime minister will face a "major rebellion" in March if he hasn't started easing lockdown restrictions. The paper says senior MPs have warned significant numbers could vote against Boris Johnson's attempt to renew the government's emergency powers for six months.

As uncertainty grows over when the curbs will be eased, the cartoonist Andy Davey shows a despondent couple in the Sunday Telegraph surrounded by holiday brochures and papers talking of lockdown extensions in their living room. The husband suggests: "How about the conservatory - I hear it's lovely in July."

Meanwhile, the Sun on Sunday reports on its front page that the serial killer Levi Bellfield, who murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler in 2002, has received an invite for a vaccine in prison. The Sun calls this priority treatment "sickening" and suggests he should be put to the "back of a very long queue."

At last, the Scottish Mail on Sunday opines in its main headline, vaccines are to be rolled out in Scotland seven days a week. This, it notes, is a month behind England.

The Herald points out that the Western Isles have given out the first inoculation to 12% of the population.

And as people while away the hours under lockdown, the Sunday Times suggests hobbies pursued by the heroines of Jane Austen's novels are making a comeback. Retailers report that Britons are buying needlework kits, acrylic paints, novels and even pianos. Its headline? "By Georgian! Needlework and piano keep lockdown Lizzies busy."