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Covid-19 jabs have been administered inside a circus marquee and at a vaccine festival this weekend as part of the latest efforts to boost uptake in England.

Visitors to the Circus Extreme in Halifax, Yorkshire, one of a host of new vaccine sites across the country, received their jabs with some colourful performers watching on.

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People could be refusing to get tested for coronavirus in a bid to avoid having to self-isolate, a UK government adviser has said.

Professor Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (Spi-B), which advises ministers, said it could be a factor in the difference between the high infection rate in the UK and the decrease in daily positive cases.

One of the reasons for that may be that the messaging from the government in a way has sort of given a bit of a green light to people to say: ‘Well, it is not so bad if you get the infection.’

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