Covid vaccine: Are the vaccines working to reduce transmission of the virus?

This week Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “The earliest indications would imply there is some effect. But I think it’s too early to put a number on that.”

Professor Martin Michaelis, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Kent, told “This is difficult to say with certainty, but the data, in particular the reduction in hospital submissions among those over 70, seem to suggest that the vaccine roll-out reduces virus transmission and reduces the pressure on the healthcare system.

“However, this only works in combination with the current restrictions.

“Without those measures, COVID-19 would quickly spread through the vast majority of unvaccinated (younger) individuals and result in another peak of severely ill patients.


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