Thousands of Knowsley residents have now received the first dose of their COVID vaccine, meaning we are a step closer to there being light at the end of the tunnel after what can only be described as an extremely challenging year.
However, we are not yet there, and it is really important that everyone continues to follow the rules, including those who have been vaccinated.
This means staying at home as much as possible, wearing a face covering where advised (such as in supermarkets), washing hands regularly, maintaining social distancing and following national lockdown guidance. These steps should be embedded in your everyday routine.
Those who 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 severe disease However, you may still contract the virus, show milder symptoms and pass it on to others.
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.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “It’s vital that everyone continues to follow the rules, even if they have received a vaccination. It can take a while for your body to build up some protection after you’ve had the first dose, so it’s essential that you keep to the rules and limit interactions with others. Having the vaccine doesn’t mean it’s a free pass to go and meet with family and friends. We are still in a national lockdown and we all need to play our part and continue to follow the rules.
“Continue to stay at home as much as possible, limit interactions with others and if you do go out for essential purposes, ensure you wear a face covering, regularly wash your hands and keep your distance from other people. Its so important that all of the hard work over the last few weeks continues as we don’t want our infection rates to increase again.”