It took too long but at last we have clarity over how schools will operate during lockdown and why external examinations are being cancelled later in the year. Some tolerance has to be given to local politicians as they are having to make up the rules as they go along given the frightening spread of the Covid virus.
But they must know tolerance is in short supply and will decrease rapidly if the much-heralded vaccination programme is not rolled out as expected.
Already one GP in Fermanagh has said he could vaccinate every person in his practice but knows that supplies of the vaccine will not be available.
The two approved vaccines are the only weapons available which promise protection against the virus and the ability to bring the pandemic under control. They are the light at the end of the tunnel and must not be dimmed, never mind extinguished.
Debates are still continuing at government level across the four nations of the UK but the public can see no reason why vaccinations cannot be made available seven days a week. That is the fillip we all need.