Knowsley Council is reminding residents who have had their COVID-19 vaccine that they need to continue to follow the rules and lockdown restrictions.
Rates amongst those over 60 and over 80 remain very high and it is believed confusion around what people can and can not do after having the jab is playing a role in the transmission of COVID-19.
The coronavirus 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.
Therefore, 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.
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: “Our rates are still high and there seems to be confusion that having the vaccine means you can visit your friends and family – but you can’t.
“The vaccine is a not a free pass. You might still pass the virus on to someone more vulnerable and this puts pressure on the NHS and costs lives.
“Please follow the rules and play your part.”