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Do all stab/ballistic vests also protect from syringes?

No – it depends on the vest. Because of its very fine needle point, a syringe will penetrate the majority of conventional body armour; including many stab vests with Home Office KR1 (knife) and SP1 (spike) certification. There is no Home Office standard for syringe protection – to protect from this widespread and increasing threat, look for a vest with specific syringe protection, and if in doubt ask them to visit you to demonstrate.