Over 7 million people are confirmed to have received the vaccine and it continues to rise exponentially; This is fantastic news for the UK as we tackle the virus together. But, what precautions should we all be taking to protect ourselves and others after having the vaccine?
We answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding protection and the vaccines:
How long does it take for the vaccine to start working?
Generally, the body will create an immune defence from the virus after 12-14 days. People's immune systems differ so the speed at which the body starts an immune response can vary.
Will I still need to wear a face mask after the vaccine?
Yes. The UK Government's advisor, SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has affirmed that whilst the vaccine looks to give lasting protection, precautions should still be followed, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. This is because people who have had the vaccine may still be able to catch and transmit the virus.
Another consideration is the first dose's effectiveness. All three approved vaccines, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, are administered in two doses, therefore once the initial dose is taken its efficiency will not have reached its full capacity until the second dose is given. The UK's Vaccine Committee, the JCVI, has published a document which has calculated the efficacy of the three MHRA approved vaccines currently used in the UK. You can find that information here
Do I still need to shield if I’ve had the vaccine?
Yes, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding. After receiving the vaccine, you will be encouraged to continue shielding until advised otherwise. This is due to you being at the highest risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.
Can I still transmit the virus to others once I've had the vaccine?
The Government’s vaccine page states that it does not yet know if the vaccine will stop people from catching and transmitting Covid-19. The vaccines work by causing a fast immune reaction to the virus by your body to protect you from becoming seriously ill but does not protect you from spreading the virus. So even though you've been vaccinated, to avoid transmitting to others, we must continue social distancing, wear a mask and follow other coronavirus guidance.
If I’ve already had Covid-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes, even though you've already had Covid-19, it's very important to get the vaccine. If you've had the illness, you may have a degree of immunity, but this may not last long.
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