Social distancing remains very important and you should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart. You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for those who are extremely clinically vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
To help protect yourself and your friends, family and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page even if you’ve been vaccinated.
The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.
We do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others.