COVID 19: Keep following the rules – even after your vaccine

With the COVID-19 vaccination programme underway, Hampshire County Council and the NHS are reminding residents who have received their vaccine that it is vital to keep following the rules of Hands-Face-Space to avoid putting others at risk

Jan 28 2021

Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health said: ‘The COVID-19 vaccine is a big breakthrough and a key tool in our fight against this serious and highly infectious disease. I know how keen everyone is to get their jab and get back to normal, but for those who have received their first dose, it can take a week or two to build up some protection from the virus, and it is not yet known whether people who have had the vaccine can still transmit COVID-19. Therefore, it’s vital to continue following the rules after being vaccinated, to ensure that you don’t unknowingly pass on the virus to anybody else. This is particularly important if you are caring for or seeing someone who is clinically vulnerable because you could be putting them at risk of severe illness or even death.”
 
In the current national lockdown, everyone should stay at home as much as possible. However, getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and a valid ‘essential reason’ for travelling.
 
Dr Barbara Rushton, Clinical Chair South Eastern Hampshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones. The vaccination programme is continuing to roll out over the weeks and months ahead, with more and more people benefitting. The vaccine is being offered to those in the priority groups first before being rolled out to the rest of the population and you will be contacted when it is your turn to receive the vaccine, either by your GP practice or the national booking service, and advised how to book an appointment. However, it will take time to vaccinate everyone, so in the meantime please continue to follow Government guidance to protect the NHS and save lives.”
 
Cllr Grajewski added: “Even when you have had the vaccine, you must continue to stick to the rules and take particular care not to put clinically vulnerable people at risk. Wash your hands, wear a face covering and, if you have to leave home for an essential reason, keep 2m distance from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble. We all want an end to lockdown, so it is now more important than ever that we continue to observe these simple behaviours, to prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities. Remember: just because you’ve had the vaccine, does not mean it is safe for you to socialise.”