Scientists still don’t know if people can still spread Covid-19 after vaccine

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The Health Secretary told a Downing Street Press Conference that the vaccine protects people from catching the disease and needing to be hospitalised – but scientists still don’t know if it will stop people transmitting it.

Scientists still don’t know if people can spread Covid-19 after being vaccinated, Matt Hancock has said.

The Health Secretary told a Downing Street Press Conference that the vaccine protects people from catching the disease and needing to be hospitalised – but scientists still don’t know if it will stop people transmitting it.

He said: “What we don’t yet know… is how much you might transmit Covid, even if you don’t suffer from the disease, after you’ve had the vaccine.”

If it does not prevent transmission, it could mean that even as vaccines are rolled out across the country, people would still have to practice social distancing, wear masks and avoid gatherings – until sufficient immunity is present in the community.

Virus manufacturers are still performing research to determine the answer.

Hancock said he wanted Britons to “have that great British summer” and for life to return to normal “as fast possible” as he outlined details of the vaccine rollout.

The Health Secretary said two fifths of over 80s and “almost a quarter of older care home residents” have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

And he pleaded with the public to follow coronavirus rules and reduce all social contact that is not “absolutely” necessary.

He told a Downing Street press conference that the new variant of coronavirus is “highly contagious and it is putting the NHS under very significant pressure”.

Mr Hancock echoed England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty in saying “we’re at the worst point in this pandemic”.

And he said: “The NHS, more than ever before, needs everybody to be doing something right now – and that something is to follow the rules.

“I know there has been speculation about more restrictions, and we don’t rule out taking further action if it is needed, but it is your actions now that can make a difference.

“Stay at home, and please reduce all social contact that is not absolutely strictly necessary. That’s what is needed: act like you have the virus.”

Courtesy of mirror.co.uk

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