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Vaccinated residents reminded to keep following Covid rules to 'help save lives'

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Thousands across the New Forest have received their vaccinations (PA)
Thousands across the New Forest have received their vaccinations (PA)

WITH Covid vaccinations under way across the New Forest, those who receive the jabs are being reminded to keep following the rules.

Health boss at Hampshire County Council, Cllr Judith Grajewski, said it was important to keep following the ‘hands-face-space’ advice to help save lives.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is a big breakthrough and a key tool in our fight against this serious and highly infectious disease.

“I know how keen everyone is to get their jab and get back to normal, but for those who have received their first dose, it can take a week or two to build up some protection from the virus, and it is not yet known whether people who have had the vaccine can still transmit Covid-19.

“Therefore, it’s vital to continue following the rules after being vaccinated, to ensure that you don’t unknowingly pass on the virus to anybody else.

“This is particularly important if you are caring for or seeing someone who is clinically vulnerable because you could be putting them at risk of severe illness or even death.”

In the current lockdown, residents are told to stay at home where possible. However, receiving the coronavirus vaccine – or any other vaccine – is a valid reason for travelling.

Cllr Grajewski added: “We all want an end to lockdown, so it is now more important than ever that we continue to observe these simple behaviours, to prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities. Remember: just because you’ve had the vaccine, does not mean it is safe for you to socialise.”

The vaccine is being offered to those in the priority groups before being rolled out to the rest of the population. Those due to receive a jab will be contacted either by their GP practice or the national booking service, and told how to book an appointment.

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