People who have Covid-19 vaccine could still contract virus, warns doctor

A doctor has warned that people who have the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available could still contract the virus.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Monday’s This Morning, Dr Sara explained that the vaccine won’t work for everyone – and that we still need to be cautious.

‘In addition to Pfizer, we know that Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer has been reported as saying that he doesn’t think it’s unrealistic that we’ll be able to have the vaccine from the Oxford trial during December time,’ she began.

‘I think it’s really important to be cautiously optimistic. Even if we do get a vaccine in time it won’t be available for everybody, it will be for the people most at risk.

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‘And we also need to be aware that it won’t be successful in everybody, some people will still get the virus despite having the vaccine.’

Eamonn was even shocked to learn that the flu vaccine only has a 50% chance of working.

Dr Sara added: ‘With the flu vaccine, we know that it’s only around 50% effective so it could very well be the same thing, so we still need to practice hands, face, space.

‘We’ll still need treatment, we will still need all these other measures but it will be a cautiously optimistic thing to look forward to.’

It comes after it was reported that ‘hundreds of thousands’ of doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine have already been manufactured.

The Pfizer jab is being stockpiled en masse at the drug giant’s plant in Puurs, Belgium and could be put in for approval in the US in November, The Mail on Sunday reports. 

It comes as the UK’s deputy chief medical officer said a different potential vaccine – produced by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca – could enter the third stage of clinical trials in December and be rolled out just after Christmas. 

Doses of this vaccine are being manufactured in anticipation of clinical trials being successful and regulators deeming it safe and effective. 

Up to 100 million doses could be made available this year, of which 40 million will end up in the UK.

The company is reportedly already planning to manufacture 1.3 billion jabs in 2021.

The jab is currently being tested on 44,000 people. Everyone is expected to need at least two doses. 

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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