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Covid vaccine won't mean back to normal 'in near future': key points driving Executive's lockdown decisions revealed

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Experts have warned the vaccine programme will not lead to population immunity.

Experts have warned the vaccine programme will not lead to population immunity.

Experts have warned the vaccine programme will not lead to population immunity.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is not expected to lead to population immunity and won't lead to society returning to normal soon, according to a Stormont briefing paper.

A paper presented to the Executive by Health Minister Robin Swann said there is “robust evidence that the first dose reduces the risk of clinical disease by 70 to 90% within 14 to 21 days”, but there isn't evidence on whether the vaccine reduces transmission rates in asymptomatic people.

While jabs will protect the most vulnerable quickly, ministers were told that experts do not expect “that the vaccine programme will lead to 'population immunity' and the return of normal life in the near future”.


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