What you can and can’t do after getting Covid jab – including meeting family

Should the UK continue on their current vaccine roll-out trajectory, all over 50s will have had the first dose of the coronavirus jab by May.

However, is getting the vaccine an immediate ticket to normality? Can those who are lucky enough to already have had the jab travel and see friends? Well, the short answer is not yet. Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap has highlighted a number of key dates which could see lockdown measures eased slowly, before being lifted entirely.

There are a number of questions that you may be asking yourself as to when you can return to your pre-pandemic way of life, and here are the answers.

Can I invite my family over for dinner after being vaccinated?

If they are outside of your support bubble, no. All indoor meet-ups with friends and family members are currently prohibited, as even those who have had the vaccine can still catch and spread the virus.

Studies show that the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers up to 76% protection against severe illness and hospitalisation from COVID-19, but doesn't grant complete immunity.

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The majority of people are yet to receive their second dosage of the vaccine, meaning it will not be at its most effective.

This means it is unsafe to mix indoors with people outside of your support bubble.

Can I go to the shops?

As of measures announced on January 5, anyone who falls under the "extremely clinically vulnerable" category is advised to stay at home and seek to get your shopping delivered to you by someone else.

However, if you live with a vulnerable person who has been told to shield, you are still permitted to go the shops for basic necessities, as long as you stick to social distancing rules.

Do I still have to wear a mask?

Whether you have had the vaccine or not, a mask or face covering must be worn in all indoor public places and public transport.

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This rule applies to everyone over the age of 11 (unless medically exempt) in England, Wales and Northern Island, while in Scotland all those above the age of 5 are required to wear a mask.

Can I meet anyone outside my home?

As things stand, you are allowed to meet one person from outside your support bubble to exercise in an outdoor environment while always remaining 2 metres apart. All outdoor activity must take place within your local area.

You can visit people in your support bubble or provide care to children under 14, vulnerable and disabled people.

Can I volunteer or go to work?

Volunteering or working from home is encouraged unless you absolutely can not avoid attending in person.

This includes people who work in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, food shops or at a food bank which requires physical attendance.

Whether you have received the vaccine or not is irrelevant, these rules remain in place for everyone for the next few months at least.

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