Once the over 65s have been vaccinated, what terrifying death rates exist to justify the eternal lockdown are essentially gone.
Which means there will be no political capital in maintaining restrictions, the virus will be allowed to burn through.
Precisely. Once those most likely to end up in hospital are vaccinated, the transmission rate amongst everyone else will be of little consequence for the NHS. Lockdown should be dead and buried.
And probably need a single annual booster shot for ever more.
It is to early to say what will happen at this stage as we still have much to learn about covid and vaccines but some light touch measures mitigations remaining is quite likely, but that shouldn't be a hard sell.
It's hard to see what "light touch restrictions" actually seem viable. Mitigation of the virus seems to be "mix with other people or not", and since not mixing with other people is fundamentally against human nature, it must not be continued as a long term strategy.