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When will life go back to normal after the coronavirus vaccine?

As the vaccine rollout gains pace across the UK, we discuss how long it takes before the vaccine is effective, and what you can do after you've received it.

Over 70% of the UK population has now been vaccinated. In this article, we’ll answer all the questions about what happens after everyone gets the vaccine.

When are you fully vaccinated from coronavirus?

Both the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine require two doses to be administered for patients to be fully vaccinated. Studies suggest that even just one dose of a coronavirus vaccine (Astrazeneca and Pfizer) provides increased protection against severe illness and infection.

How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective?

According to the NHS, the vaccine takes around 3 weeks before it becomes effective.

Are you immune to covid after the vaccine?

None of the developed coronavirus vaccines provides complete immunity from COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine has been proven to be more than 94% effective in a number of different trials and studies. The Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine has shown to be effective in reducing transmission of coronavirus, with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the trial.

The vaccine alone will not bring the pandemic to an end, but it will ensure that many deaths will be avoided, and provide increased protection to the most vulnerable.

As no vaccine is 100% effective, it important to understand that you can still catch coronavirus after you’ve taken the vaccine, but it is likely that it will be less severe. It is important to adhere to coronavirus restrictions and avoid social contact with people outside of your household.

Can you drink after you’ve been vaccinated?

According to the MHRA, there is no evidence that alcohol consumption interferes with the effectiveness of the vaccine.

How many people in the UK have been vaccinated against coronavirus?

The UK vaccination rollout has been one of the fastest in the world, with all older people in the UK being vaccinated according to the schedule laid out by the government.

Our vaccine tracker has an up-to-date percentage of people in the UK who have been vaccinated.

In may be a long time before it is safe to hold large events with many people, such as music festivals.

How many people have to be vaccinated for everything to go back to normal?

Some experts have stated that around 60 - 80 % of the population must be vaccinated for “herd immunity” to be achieved. This means that a large enough portion of the population has immunity from transmission, that the virus does not have enough susceptible people to infect in order to sustain community transmission.

However, the recent discovery of coronavirus variants could mean that COVID-19 changes faster than scientists anticipated, which might make it difficult to eradicate entirely.

According to Jonas Nilsen, MD and Practio co-founder, “although coronavirus might not be eradicated entirely, that doesn’t mean it won’t become more manageable. A number of measures could be introduced in order to control the spread of coronavirus, and it is possible that in the future it will become a lot milder, much like the flu, for which vulnerable groups are vaccinated for each year”.

What can I do after I am fully vaccinated?

Restrictions for people who have been vaccinated and those who have not are currently the same in the UK. It is important to always follow the government guidelines and keep up to date with what restrictions are in force.

Can we travel after covid vaccination?

Many countries now allow fully vaccinated people to travel without quarantine. There is still a long way to go before travel returns to normal, and it is important to bear in mind that there are other risks besides coronavirus to take into account when you travel. Always check official travel advice before you leave the country, as well as vaccination recommendations.

Do you have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated?

Many countries that are popular with British travellers, such as Portugal, Greece, Thailand and Mexico, do not require fully vaccinated travellers to quarantine. Other countries are still closed to travellers or can require a 2-week quarantine upon arrival.

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