Covid vaccine update: Do not hug family yet – expert on when it's safe to hug loved ones

Despite the positive outlook, it is still too early to hug loved ones, even if you both have been jabbed.

It takes at least two weeks for any immunity to start building up after your first vaccine dose, so you are still at risk of catching and passing on the coronavirus during this time.

Even though people who have already had COVID-19 may be less likely to catch it again, it’s still possible to be reinfected and give it to others.

“There is always going to be some risk involved. While we know that there is partial immunity from a fortnight after the first dose, we still don’t know how well vaccines prevent transmission so people need to use their common sense,” says Tim Spector, ZOE COVID Symptom Study lead.

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