Use this service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments. You can only use this service if you have received a letter inviting you to book your vaccination appointments.
What is COVID-19 or Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. It was first identified in late 2019. It is very infectious and can lead to severe respiratory disease.
Many people who are infected may not have any symptoms or only have mild symptoms.
These commonly start with cough, fever, headache and loss of taste or smell.
Some people will feel very tired, have aching muscles, sore throat, diarrhoea and
vomiting, fever and confusion. A small number of people then go on to have severe disease which may require hospitalisation or admission to intensive care.
About the types of vaccine In the UK, there are two types of COVID-19 vaccine to be used
once they are approved. They both require two doses to provide the best protection.
Who should have the COVID-19 vaccines?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert group, has recommended that the NHS offers these vaccines first to those at highest risk of
catching the infection and of suffering serious complications if they catch the infection.
This includes older adults, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents
and staff, and those with certain clinical conditions. When more vaccine becomes
available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
Am I at increased risk from COVID-19 infection?
Coronavirus can affect anyone. If you are an older adult and have a long-term health
condition, COVID-19 can be very serious and in some cases fatal.
You should have the COVID-19 vaccine
if you are:
• an adult living or working in a care
home for the elderly
• a frontline healthcare worker
• a frontline social care worker
• a carer working in domiciliary care
looking after older adults
• aged 65 years and over
• younger adults with long-term clinical
A GUIDE FOR ADULTS
The vaccine will also be offered to adults with conditions such as:
• a blood cancer (such as leukaemia,
lymphoma or myeloma)
• a heart problem
• a chest complaint or breathing difficulties,
including bronchitis, emphysema or severe
• a kidney disease
• a liver disease
• lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid
medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
• rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
• liver disease
• having had an organ transplant
• having had a stroke or a transient ischaemic
• a neurological or muscle wasting condition
• a severe or profound learning disability
• a problem with your spleen, e.g sickle cell
disease, or having had your spleen removed
• are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and
• are severely mentally ill
All people who are in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable group will be eligible for a
COVID-19 vaccine. Whether you are offered the vaccine may depend on the severity
of your condition. Your GP can advise on whether you are eligible
Who cannot have the vaccine?
The vaccines do not contain living organisms, and so are safe for people with disorders
of the immune system. These people may not respond so well to the vaccine. A very
small number of people who are at risk of COVID-19 cannot have the vaccine – this
includes people who have severe allergies to a component in the vaccine.
Women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant, planning a
pregnancy or breastfeeding should read the detailed information on
Will the vaccine protect me?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from
COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up
protection from the vaccine. The vaccine has been shown
to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies
of more than 20,000 people. Like all medicines, no vaccine
is completely effective – some people may still get
COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this
should be less severe.
Will the vaccine have side effects?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and shortterm,
and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you
still need to have the second dose. Although you may get some protection from the first
dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.
Very common side effects include:
• having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had
your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
• feeling tired
• general aches, or mild flu like symptoms
Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature
is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. You can rest
and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice
in the packaging) to help you feel better.
Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your
symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.
Can I give COVID-19 to anyone, after I have had the vaccine?
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your
chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from
catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important to follow the guidance in your
local area to protect those around you.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:
• practise social distancing
• wear a face mask
• wash your hands carefully and frequently
• follow the current guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
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