One in every of England’s main medical officers on Sunday urged the general public to proceed to comply with the strict lockdown guidelines as a result of any vaccine-related immunity from COVID-19 takes at the least three weeks to kick in.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, additionally warned that there is no such thing as a clear proof but to point out that vaccinated individuals can’t transmit the lethal virus on to others.
“No matter whether or not somebody has had their vaccination or not, it’s critical that everybody follows the nationwide restrictions and public well being recommendation, as safety takes as much as three weeks to kick in and we do not but know the affect of vaccines on transmission,” mentioned Mr Van-Tam.
His warning comes because the UK registered one other excessive each day loss of life depend from the virus of 1,348 this weekend, taking the nation’s complete to 97,329.
Nonetheless, he pointed to an extra 32 vaccination websites approaching stream so as to add to the hundreds of venues the place the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) has been delivering 140 jabs a minute, taking the vaccinated complete to over 5.eight million.
“The vaccine is rightly one thing to rejoice – let’s keep affected person, keep at house and assist the NHS because it continues to roll out the vaccine,” he mentioned.
A Dwelling Museum the place the BBC filmed a success drama sequence ‘Peaky Blinders” primarily based on the infamous Birmingham gang within the 1920s is among the many new vaccine websites.
A former IKEA retailer on the Westfield procuring centre in Stratford, London, the Francis Crick Institute, which can be within the UK capital, the Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland and the Blackpool Winter Gardens may even be new vaccination centres.
The newest openings imply there shall be a community of just about 50 throughout the nation, including to choices alongside hospitals, pharmacies and normal follow (GP) surgical procedures.
“By way of the vaccines supply plan, we’ve got made excellent progress in vaccinating our NHS and care employees and essentially the most weak individuals in society,” mentioned UK Well being Secretary Matt Hancock.
“We should not drop our guard. Whereas the vaccine can forestall extreme illness, we have no idea if it stops you from passing on the virus to others, and it takes time to develop immunity after a jab, so for now everybody should proceed to remain at house to assist convey down infections and shield the NHS,” he mentioned.
The NHS mentioned the brand new vaccine centres will every be able to delivering hundreds of jabs every week, scaling up and down in line with vaccine provides and demand.
Folks eligible within the precedence standards of over-80s, adopted by over-70s, care house employees and employees in addition to frontline employees, are being invited when it’s their flip and individuals are being urged to not simply flip up.
“These new centres present another choice for individuals invited for his or her jabs, alongside the unbelievable work of native GPs,” mentioned Professor Stephen Powis, NHS nationwide medical director.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “As of subsequent week there shall be nearly 50 vaccination centres, greater than 250 hospitals hubs and over 1,000 native vaccination service websites, run by GPs and pharmacies proper throughout the nation.
“This can allow us to vaccinate as many individuals as attainable within the weeks and months to come back and I encourage anybody who has been invited for a free vaccine to come back ahead and get a jab.”
The NHS mentioned its new Vaccination Centres will kick off by jabbing primarily well being and social care employees from Monday earlier than opening their doorways to extra sufferers on Tuesday.