Vaccines versus variants of concern

While we are learning more, we need to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus in order to prevent mutations that may reduce the efficacy of existing vaccines.

Vaccines are a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19, and there are clear public health and lifesaving benefits to using the tools we already have. We must not put off getting vaccinated because of our concerns about new variants.

The vaccine still offers effective protection against the new variants, so we must proceed with the vaccination programme. We need to use the tools we have available even while we continue to improve those tools.

We’re all safe only if everyone is safe

As restrictions in the community lift, enhanced infection prevention and control standards and testing in care homes must be maintained, even for people who have been fully vaccinated.

Learn more about the naming conventions of the vaccines here

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