Will other COVID-19 prevention measures such as social distancing be needed if a COVID-19 vaccine is available?
As not all New Zealanders are be able to be vaccinated at once, the current public health measures, including social distancing, mask usage, rapid contact tracing and managing cluster outbreaks, will continue for some time.
With an effective vaccine programme, it is anticipated these control measures can be reduced. This will require a high proportion of the population to be immunised.
Even when we have a high proportion of the population vaccinated, we will still need to maintain a level of public health measures particularly when we can travel more freely. See this infographic to explain why.