GMB: Dr Hilary confuses panel with self-isolation claim
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Dr Hilary Jones backtracked after he mistakenly said those who have received both jabs will not need to self-isolate, if they have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive. After host Susanna Reid queried his advice, the 68-year-old quickly corrected himself and said this was not the case.
He clarified: “I stand corrected on what I said earlier.
“At the moment, if you’ve been double jabbed, you still have to self-isolate if you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive.”
Host Susanna joked they forgave him for making the rare mistake.
“It happens,” he replied, laughing.
Peter Andre’s wife Emily, a doctor, has defended Dr Hilary for making the error.
She said: “I’m 100 per cent backing Dr Hilary on this because, firstly, the rules are complicated and they change often.
“And, secondly, doctors are only human and we all make mistakes.
“Dr Hilary works so hard to be up to date with all the rules changing every single day and appears on live TV, which is a huge pressure.
“So to me, it’s absolutely understandable making a very small mistake.”
Emily went on to say she often watches the doctor on TV and thinks, ‘How on earth does he do that?’
“It’s an incredible amount of pressure to be asked difficult questions live on national TV,” she added in her column with OK! Magazine.
“I think he does a brilliant job.”
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On today’s show, the doctor warned the nation to expect a rise in flu levels with winter approaching.
He explained: “Because people have been social distancing and isolating for a long time, herd immunity is low, and we’re seeing more flu in other parts of the world now in their winter.
“So we could expect a rise in levels with winter approaching and the NHS at its most critical time.”
He also addressed reports that the NHS have been given the go ahead to plan a Covid vaccine booster programme in the UK ahead of this winter.
The doctor explained: “So the policy is that we boost those most at risk – over 70s, health and care workers, people who are extremely clinically vulnerable… and then, everybody over 50.
“If we boost them, come September they’re protected through the winter.
“And because we need so many people to administer these vaccines, if we give flu jabs at the same time it makes absolute sense.”
So far, over 44.5 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The NHS advises that two doses gives you the best protection from the disease.
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