Residents who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 MUST continue to follow the rules, such as wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing, and national lockdown guidance.
These simply steps should be embedded into your everyday routine.
That is the message from Knowsley Council and Public Health England as the UK’s vaccine programme continues across the country.
Those who are do not follow the rules are potentially putting themselves and the wider community at risk during these crucial few months in the fight against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to reduce the chance of you suffering from the disease. However, like all medicines, the vaccine is not completely effective, and some people may still get COVID-19 – although this should be less severe.
Once you have the vaccine, it may also a take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose. This is why it is really important that you continue to take the recommended precautions and continue to follow national lockdown guidance.
Each COVID vaccine has been tested in more than 20,000 people in several different countries and has been shown to be safe. The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection and will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill, so it is very important that you get vaccinated when it is your turn.
It is still not known if the vaccine will stop you catching and passing on the virus. Until this information is available there is a chance that vaccinated people might unknowingly spread the virus to close family, friends and in their local communities.
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Knowsley continues to be one of the highest in the UK and pressure is mounting on our local NHS services.
Therefore, once vaccinated you must continue to play your part in helping us stop the spread of the virus.
How to protect yourself and others
To protect yourself continue to follow national guidance and ensure that you:
- practice social distancing
- wear a face mask
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It is really important that those who have already had their COVID-19 vaccine continue to play their part in keeping themselves and others safe from the virus.
The vaccine rollout means that the end is in sight, but this is not the time to be complacent. By continuing to follow the guidance we can continue to protect those who have not yet had the vaccine and help protect the NHS at this critical time.
We have come this far so I urge everyone to continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and keep their distance.”