England lifted most of its domestic COVID-19 restrictions on July 19th, marking a milestone as the country moves into a new phase of pandemic life — what some have named "Freedom Day." After 17 months of empty dance floors, nightclubs reopened at midnight with a bang, welcoming young people to dance the night away.
Meanwhile, the British government has decided not to vaccinate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more safety data on the vaccines become available. However, some healthy children over 12 who live with other vulnerable people can have the vaccine, as well as those who are soon to turn 18. The decision to hold off giving shots to most people under age 18 puts the UK at odds with France and several other European countries, which have decided to vaccinate adolescents as young as 12.