Dr Hilary Jones has suggested people should lower their expectations of being able to go away on holiday this summer given the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
While there has been plenty of good news about the vaccine rollout, such as plans for 24 hour jabs in London hospitals, the television doctor pointed out that foreign travel could be a no-go until at least the autumn – so it might be best to hold fire on booking that all-inclusive trip to Mykonos.
Joining Lorraine Kelly on today’s programme, Dr Hilary said: ‘The vaccination process is going to take some time. We might encounter some new variants, we might need tot weak the vaccine.
‘I think people thinking about holidays this summer are barking up the wrong tree, I really do.’
Explaining his rationale, Dr Hilary continued: ‘Not just because the situation here won’t be better, but because of where we’re going to may be lagging behind us with vaccinations and people will be nervous about going somewhere and getting stuck there.
‘I think, just to be realistic, don’t set your hopes too high. Be realistic, set your hopes positively for the future, but probably autumn or September.’
Dr Hilary Jones reckons summer holidays abroad might not happen this year (Picture: ITV)
There is a silver lining though, as Dr Hilary reckons the humble staycation will get the all-clear.
So forget St Lucia for now and instead get St Ives on the cards instead.
Despite Dr Hilary’s words of warning, Noel Josephides, a director of specialist travel association AITO, is hopeful that holidaymakers will be able to book an escape in late-spring.
‘I believe travel and holidays, both long and short-haul, will resume in May,’ he forecasts.
One can dream, right?
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.