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Do I still need to follow the guidance if I have had a vaccine?

The vaccine will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill, but it won’t completely stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important you continue to follow the COVID-19 guidance to protect those around you.

To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:

  • practice social distancing
  • wear a face mask
  • wash your hands carefully and frequently
  • self-isolate if you get symptoms or are contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect service and
  • follow the current guidance at:


COVID-19 is spread through droplets breathed out from the nose or mouth, particularly when speaking or coughing. It can also be picked up by touching your eyes, nose and mouth after touching contaminated objects and surfaces.