Coronavirus Vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

PLEASE WAIT TO BE CONTACTED

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then!

The UK vaccination programme is being rolled out in phases and over the next few weeks and months many more clinics will be established to provide vaccinations.

The national Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has determined the priority order for people receiving vaccinations and in this initial phase we are focusing on the over 80s, care home residents and care home staff. Vaccinations of the over 80s and care home staff are underway and the vaccination of care home residents will also begin soon. Everyone in the UK will be offered a vaccination, however the whole programme of work will take months to complete due to its scale and complexity.

We appreciate that many people are enthusiastic about having a vaccination and in the Humber Coast and vale region we are working hard to vaccinate people as quickly as we can in line with the JCVI prioritisation.

Click here to read more: Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination programme

We are delighted to be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients, with the rollout well underway as we vaccinate our more vulnerable patients, care home residents and staff first.

We understand there is a huge amount of interest in the vaccine however, please do not contact the Practice to book an appointment. The vaccination programme will take months, it will not happen in a few days. Please be patient, do not worry, no one will be excluded from the programme and when it is the right time for you to be vaccinated, we will contact you to book your appointments. In the meantime, do continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

You can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS currently offer the vaccine to people who are considered most at risk from the virus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination here

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding advice

It is advised that you wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

There’s no evidence to suggest that the vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, however more evidence is needed before the vaccine can be offered to you.

If you choose to receive the vaccine, it’s advised that you should not get pregnant for at least 2 months after having the 2nd dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine advice for pregnant/breastfeeding women

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The coronavirus vaccination is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given in 2 doses, which are administered at least 21 days apart.

Vaccine ingredients

The vaccine for coronavirus does not contain any animal products or egg.

Side effects

Most side effects are mild and don’t last more than a week. These can include:

  • a sore arm at the vaccination site (upper arm)
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you feel you need to.

If you have a high temperature or develop any worsening symptoms, call 111 for advice.

Get advice from NHS 111 online

Allergic reactions

If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), you MUST tell staff immediately before you are vaccinated!

You should not have the vaccine if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food.

If you have a reaction, it usually happens in minutes, and we ask you to wait in the surgery for 15 minutes following the vaccination, to monitor you in case of a reaction.

Latest advice if you have a history of allergies by MHRA

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccination approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed and will become available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read more about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After receiving both doses if the vaccine, most people will be protected against coronavirus. It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.

There is a small chance you may still catch coronavirus, even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • wear a face covering, if you can, when having to be around others (e.g. shopping, working, using public transport)
The latest social distancing guidance