Monday 10/25/21
CORONAVIRUS

WHO: people vaccinated against Covid-19 should still wear masks

A vaccine might not prevent the spread of the virus, only the breakout of Covid-19.

14 December 2020, England, Chalfont Saint Peter: Brian Horne receives the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech covid-19 vaccine from Nurse Helen Ellis at a GP led clinic, as hundreds of Covid-19 vaccination centres run by local doctors begin opening across England. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/dpa.
Brian Horne receives the first of two injections with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in England. Photo: Steve Parsons/dpa.

People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 should still wear a face mask and keep their distance from others, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

While there is scientific evidence that a vaccine helps against developing the lung disease Covid-19, it is not clear whether it generally prevents infection with the novel coronavirus which can cause Covid-19, WHO experts said.

This means a vaccine might not prevent the spread of the virus, only the breakout of Covid-19.

Vaccinated people should therefore continue keeping an appropriate social distance, wearing a face mask and frequently washing their hands, according to the WHO.

More scientific research on the vaccine needs to be conducted, said WHO vaccine expert Kate O'Brien.

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