Covid vaccine won’t free people from self-isolation because scientists don’t know if it stops spreading

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BRITS given that the coronavirus vaccine would still have to self-isolate as they could transmit the disease, it is thought

Scientists do not yet know if vaccinated people can still be carriers of Covid.

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Doctors to start vaccinating vulnerable Britons next weekCredit: AP: Associated Press
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A vaccinated person may therefore have to stay at home for 14 days if they come into contact with someone with Covid.

NHS Test and Trace contacts anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.


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It can be months before a vaccine removes the need for self-isolation, government sources told The Telegraph.

Up to 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be ready for deployment next week after Britain becomes the first country to approve the vaccine.

SELF-INSULATION

The first doses of the vaccine, 95% effective, arrived in the UK on Thursday.

But NHS and nursing home workers at the front of the line may have to self-isolate and stay home despite being vaccinated.

A government source told The Telegraph: “People who get vaccinated will have to follow the same rules as everyone else because we don’t know if this prevents people from being carriers and passing the virus on to others.

“It will take a long time to determine what effect the vaccine will have on transmission.

“We’ll have to be at a point where a significant portion of the population has been vaccinated before we have this evidence.”

We do not know if this vaccine will prevent transmission

Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

The government wants to step up mass testing to replace self-isolation.

It is hoped that a program allowing contacts of people who have tested positive to be tested daily will be rolled out in January.

After seven days of negative results with rapid results tests, they would all be clear.

Boris Johnson hopes to have 500 million lateral flow tests by the middle of next month.

Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer, said Wednesday: “We don’t know if this vaccine will prevent transmission, or any of the [the vaccines].

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Ben Osborn, country director of Pfizer UK, said the government would have the first batches of the virus 4
Ben Osborn, country director of Pfizer UK, said the government would have the first batches of the virus “by the weekend”Credit: AP: Associated Press
A source at Pfizer said the vaccines "will be there in time for use next week in Britain"

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A source at Pfizer said the vaccines “will be there in time for use next week in Britain”Credit: AP: Associated Press

“We have to wait for science to tell us if this will prevent transmission, although we are very optimistic about this.

“We also need to be patient to see the real effects on transmission, hospitalizations and deaths, and until we see this as scientists, we cannot determine what the likely impact will be on the early end of the disease. this pandemic. . ”

The doses will be shipped from Belgium in the coming days and will be available at the weekend, Pfizer bosses confirmed today.

It has to be stored at -70 ° C, which has made the logistics of transporting the jab a logistical nightmare. It cannot be stored at refrigerator temperature, such as in GP surgeries, for more than five days.

In total, the UK has ordered 40 million doses, enough to give 20 million Britons the two required doses, 21 days apart.

Nursing home residents, their caregivers and those over 80 will be leading the way to receive the first doses, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization confirmed.

NHS staff will also have priority with 50 hospitals on standby to begin vaccinating staff.

Covid-19 vaccine will be delivered across England using 53 local centers

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