Some people believe that once they get vaccinated they can just forget about coronavirus restrictions. Most, however, seem to understand that vaccines don’t signal the end of the restrictions.

First published in December 2020.

When asked whether they think that once people start receiving vaccinations for COVID-19 there should be a difference between those who​ have been vaccinated and those who have not – as regard to no longer having to be subject to coronavirus restrictions (e.g. having to stay at home, having to wear masks, having to social distance, etc), a new YouGov opinion poll found that two-third (66%) of the British public think that everyone, i.e. both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals, should be subject to the same coronavirus restrictions until most people have been vaccinated.

Only 22% think that those who have been vaccinated should not be subject to any more coronavirus restrictions.

Whether it is in the name of fairness or because they actually understand that vaccines don’t signal the end of the restrictions, it is important that everyone gets the message now.

Our excitement needs to be tempered with a dose of reality,” Dr Joe Pajak wrote in PMP Magazine today. “While the ongoing mass vaccination campaign is an important milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not there yet; restrictions will have to continue for some months until we get the ‘all clear’.”

Questions are being raised on the vaccines efficacy in the medium to longer term, such as how long will the vaccines provide protection from infection from Covid-19 for?, and do the vaccines prevent transmission of the virus from vaccinated individuals?

“Important questions, that need informed discussion, and all the more reason to hold firm on all the restrictions to prevent transmission across the UK,” says Dr Pajak.🔷

PMP News reporting.

[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 9 December 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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