Now that we have two vaccines, can we end restrictions and lockdowns?

Effective vaccines will be the best way to protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus and the biggest breakthrough since the pandemic began. A huge step forward in our fight against coronavirus, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives.

We will closely monitor the impact of vaccinations on individuals, on NHS pressures and on the spread of the virus. As large numbers of people from at risk groups are given an effective vaccine, we will be able to gather the evidence to prove the impact on infection rates, hospitalisation and reduced deaths; if successful this should in time lead to a substantial reassessment of current restrictions.

The full impact on infection rates will not become clear until a large number of people have been vaccinated, but as larger numbers do get vaccinated, we will hopefully move further along the path back to a more normal way of life.  

Does this make it more likely that we will get back to normal by spring (restrictions loosened)?

As large numbers of people from at risk groups are given an effective vaccine, we will be able to gather the evidence to understand the impact on infection rates, hospitalisation and reduced deaths; if successful this should in time lead to a substantial reassessment of current restrictions.

The full impact on infection rates will not become clear until a large number of people have been vaccinated, but as larger numbers do get vaccinated, we will hopefully move further along the path back to a more normal way of life. 

Are you introducing vaccine passports?

We have no plans to introduce immunity passports following this vaccination programme.

Why are some patients receiving Covid-19 vaccination record cards?

When patients are vaccinated, they are likely to receive a vaccine record card that notes the date of their vaccination, the suggested date for their second dose and details of the vaccine type and batch.

Is this a vaccine ID card showing proof of vaccination?

This is a vaccine record card, similar to those given to patients for other NHS vaccinations as a note of when they received their vaccine. It is not intended to be used for any other purpose, or as an immunity certificate. All vaccinations are recorded on the patient’s record with their GP.

Will you make the vaccine compulsory?

There are no plans to make the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory. The UK operates a system of informed consent for vaccinations.