The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in New Zealand subsequent week is not going to sign the top of the pandemic, says vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris.
The nation’s 12,000 border workers will receive their first Covid-19 jab over the following three weeks.
Petousis-Harris, an affiliate professor from the College of Auckland, stated the vaccination programme was the start of the top of the Covid disaster, however it could take time earlier than life returned to regular.
“It is not a magic bullet. You possibly can’t vaccinate your first frontline border employee after which anticipate to simply quit on every thing else. You have to hold this up till you have truly overwhelmed this factor again,” she stated.
“It is nonetheless on the market. There are nonetheless locations actually battling the illness, so you have simply acquired to pay attention to that.”
Thousands and thousands of individuals world wide have already obtained the Pfizer vaccine, which doesn’t include any reside virus.
“That signifies that individuals who have gotten fairly compromised immune programs aren’t vulnerable to a reside virus replicating,” Petousis-Harris stated.
“You can not get Covid or something from these vaccines, so they will be very protected for just about everyone.”