Don't drop your guard

By Dr Wirin Bhatiani

Across the borough of Bolton, thousands of people are breathing a sigh of relief after getting a Covid-19 vaccination.

By the day, some of our most vulnerable residents and frontline health and care workers are receiving their first dose of protection against this potentially fatal disease.

Amid this happiness and relief, it’s essential that people who have had the jab do not drop their guard.

The questions people frequently ask when they receive the vaccine is “Can I hug my grandchildren?” and “Can I see my family?”.

This is understandable after ten months of lockdown and local restrictions. We are all keen to get back to normality – and top of the list for many is seeing loved ones and friends again.

But we must remember that the vaccine takes two to three weeks to become effective and the build-up of immunity is gradual. And it is also essential that you return for your second dose to ensure maximum protection.

While the vaccine is highly effective, there is still a small chance that you may still catch coronavirus. But we do know that having the vaccine reduces your chances of becoming seriously ill and hospitalised.

At present, we think it may still be possible that you can pass on the virus, even after being vaccinated.

This is why it’s important we continue to follow the restrictions, wash our hands, keep our distance and wear a face covering when required.

It is vital that as many people as possible take up the vaccine so we can get back to our normal lives as quickly as possible.

It’s a very long tunnel, but finally we can see some light at the end of it.

We now have vaccination sites up and running across the borough and it’s great that so many people are coming forward to be vaccinated.

Thank you to all the volunteers for helping to make this possible.

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