Vaccine: Stephen Powis praises 'fantastic' BAME uptake
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It’s well known that coronavirus vaccinations prevent people from having a severe reaction to the notorious virus. However, up until this point, it was unclear whether the jabs could stop people from passing the disease on. The national medical director for NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “There is evidence now that [the Covid jabs] may reduce transmission.” Researchers from Public Health England and the University of Glasgow have presented the recent findings.
Their study found that Covid vaccines deployed in the UK could cut transmission rates by up to 50 percent.
Around 300,000 NHS workers and their households were assessed during December 8 to March 3.
Households with vaccinated healthcare workers – who had received their first jab – had a 30 percent reduction in the likelihood of catching Covid.
By the time the healthcare workers had their second Covid dose, the household’s likelihood of catching Covid dropped by 54 percent.
Professor Keith Neal, an epidemiologist in infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham, commented on the results.
“It is not surprising that vaccination prevents transmission, as we have increasing evidence the vaccines can stop disease and asymptomatic infection.
“And you can only spread an infection if you have that infection,” he said.
Appearing on BBC One this morning, Professor Powis discussed the progression of the vaccination programme.
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As it stands, there have been over 23 million people who have had their first Covid jab, and more than one million people have now had their second jab.
Vulnerable adults across the UK should have been texted by the NHS to book their Covid vaccination in the last few weeks.
This includes diabetics, those with heart disease, and those with certain cancers.
If you’re in one of these groups, a text message should be on its way to you today if you haven’t already had the jab.
However, if it doesn’t come through, Professor Powis urges you to “get on that booking system” by contacting your local GP centre.
“We want to get through the top nine groups by April,” he said, meaning the over 40s should be vaccinated from that point forward.
However, Professor Powis is aware that vaccinations “are always dependent on supply”.
“We have more supply coming in the next week or two,” he said, but admitted “we will see up and downs with supply”.
Professor Powis warned the public that we still “need to be cautious because of the variability of supply”.
“We are still very much not out of the woods with this virus,” he said, reminding people of the high infection rates and hospital admissions.
“It’s important that people remember the social distancing rules in place,” he added.
“Don’t get ahead of ourselves… Be careful, be patient, and stick to the rules.”
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