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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs. Updated 9th November 2021

The below webpage is split into the following FAQ sections:

- Coronavirus vaccine ingredients and safety

- 12-15 years old COVID vaccine 

- General COVID vaccine

- Women of childbearing age and pregnancy 

- Attending and travelling to your Coronavirus vaccine appointment

- Priority groups and health conditions

 

Coronavirus Vaccine ingredients and safety 

  • How does the vaccine work?

    How does the vaccine work?

    13th October 2021

    The vaccine works by making a protein from the virus that is important for creating protection.  

    The protein works in the same way they do for other vaccines by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection.

     

  • How long will my vaccine be effective for?

    How long will my vaccine be effective for?

    9th November 2021

    The latest evidence from SAGE shows that protection against symptomatic disease falls from 65%, up to 3 months after the second dose, to 45% six months after the second dose for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and from 90% to 65% for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Protection against hospitalisation falls from 95% to 75% for Oxford/AstraZeneca and 99% to 90% for Pfizer/BioNTech.

    So it is important to have every dose of the COVID-19 vaccine whne offered. 

  • Will the vaccines work with the new strain?

    Will the vaccines work with the new strain?

    13th October 2021

    There is no evidence currently that the new strain will be resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal. Scientists are looking now in detail at the characteristics of the virus in relation to the vaccines. Viruses, such as the winter flu virus, often branch into different strains but these small variations rarely render vaccines ineffective.

     

     

  • Are there any side effects?

    Are there any side effects?

    13th October 2021

    These are important details which the MHRA always consider when assessing candidate vaccines for use.  For these vaccines, like lots of others, they have identified that some people might feel slightly unwell, but they report that no significant side effects have been observed in the tens of thousands of people involved in trials.  

    All patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA.  More information on possible side effects can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

     

     

  • When will you publish vaccine ingredients?

    When will you publish vaccine ingredients?

    13th October 2021

    A detailed review of the vaccines and their ingredients have been provided by the MHRA and can be found at the following links:

    For the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19

    For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

    The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community which can be found at https://britishima.org/pfizer-biontech-covid19-vaccine/ 

     

     

  • What about the allergic reactions that have been reported?

    What about the allergic reactions that have been reported?

    13th October 2021

    These vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts.  

    Any person with a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to the ingredients contained in the vaccines should not receive them.  Everybody will also be screened for potential allergic reactions before getting vaccinated. All vaccinators will have the training they need to deal with any rare cases of adverse reactions, and all venues will be equipped to care for people who need it – just like with any other vaccine.  

     

    03rd February 2021

     

  • How will you monitor safety?

    How will you monitor safety?

    13th October 2021

    As with all vaccinations and medicines, patient safety is the NHS number one priority.  Public Health England have robust systems in place to monitor surveillance and will be following incident reporting protocols in the usual way this includes asking patients to log symptoms through the yellow card scheme either online or via the app. 

    https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

    Where can I find out more about the vaccination programme?
    Further information can be found online by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

     

  • I’ve had allergic reactions to vaccines in the past; is the Covid-19 vaccine safe for me?

    I’ve had allergic reactions to vaccines in the past; is the Covid-19 vaccine safe for me?

    13th October 2021

    If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food before, it’s safe to have any of the coronavirus vaccines unless you’re allergic to the specific vaccine ingredients. 

    Your GP will talk this through with you if you have a history of allergic reactions and monitor you for about 15 minutes after the jab.

    A detailed review of the vaccines and their ingredients have been provided by the MHRA and can be found at the following links: 

    For the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-for-covid-19  

    For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca 

    The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community which can be found at https://britishima.org/pfizer-biontech-covid19-vaccine/

  • Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?

    Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?

    13th October 2021

    Yes. The NHS will not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.   

    The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said that both of these vaccines have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.  As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products.  

    There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

  • Response to AstraZeneca blood clotting concerns.

    Response to AstraZeneca blood clotting concerns.

    28th October 2021

    Booster programme

    Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine. This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses. Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

    The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are closely reviewing reports regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting but the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine is the cause.  All vaccines approved by the MHRA have been robustly tested and are safe.

    Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon.  More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.

    Local clinicians are encouraging people to book their vaccine as soon as they are offered it and are urging people to get their COVID-19 vaccine when they are invited without delay.  Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent our vaccination centres continue to use the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca all of which are approved for use by the MHRA and have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection.  The vaccine you will be given will be informed by whichever is available at your location and patients are not able to request a particular brand of vaccine based on their preference. 

    The MHRA are working closely with international counterparts in understanding the global safety experience of COVID-19 vaccines and on the rapid sharing of safety data and reports

    Further details, can be found within the latest Government statement and advice published on 11 March

     

    The MHRA continues to encourage people to report any suspicion or concern they have beyond the known, mild side effects on the Coronavirus Yellow Card site

     

     

  • I had AstraZeneca for my 1st and 2nd dose, is it safe to have a different vaccine for my booster?

    I had AstraZeneca for my 1st and 2nd dose, is it safe to have a different vaccine for my booster?

    28th October 2021

    The current national guidance is that for the booster programme the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends the Pfizer or half-dose Moderna vaccine.

    This is based on clinical evidence – a clinical trial (COV-BOOST) provided evidence to show that whilst all booster doses of COVID19 were generally well tolerated and provided a substantial increase in vaccine-induced immune response, the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) provided a stronger booster effect – regardless of which vaccine was used for the primary course. As the different vaccines produce their clinical effect slightly differently, using Pfizer as a booster dose where individuals have received AZ for their primary course will provide a wider immune response to offer better protection. If there is a contraindication to the mRNA vaccines, for patients who received AZ as their primary doses, a further AZ dose as a booster may be given but this needs to be discussed with their GP.

    As immune responses have been shown to reduce at least 6 months following a 2nd COVID19 vaccination it is recommended that individuals who are eligible for a booster dose receive these in accordance with the JCVI guidance.

 

12-15 years old COVID vaccine 

  • 12-15 vaccinations FAQ

    If your child is 12-15 they can now receive their COVID-19 vaccination. 

    To learn about the 12-15 vaccinations, and to have all the information you need for your child vaccinations, including, how your child can receive the vaccination, consent forms and a comprehensive FAQ, please click here.

 

General COVID Vaccine FAQs 

  • I can’t have a vaccination at the moment due to a positive test. When can i

    18th November 2021

    If you are 18+ and would like to receive your COVID-19 but have had a positive COVID-19 test you must wait 28 days from the date you took the test before you book an appointment or visit a walk in clinic.

    If you are under 18 and would like to receive your COVID-19 but have had a positive COVID-19 test you must wait 12 weeks from the date you took the test before you book an appointment or visit a walk in clinic.

  • How will GPs be told who to vaccinate?

    28th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • Why are healthcare workers amongst the first groups to receive the vaccine?

    28th October 2021

    The JCVI have put patient-facing health and social care staff into a priority group because of their heightened risk of exposure to the virus. Further information on from frontline health and social care workers can be found here

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

     

  • What vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available?

    28th October 2021

    Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now available. All vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

  • Do I need to leave a space between having the flu vaccine and having the COVID vaccine

    28th October 2021

    Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines. If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses.

  • Can you catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    28th October 2021

    You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine but it is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.

    The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

    • a new continuous cough

    • a high temperature

    • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

      Although a mild fever can occur within a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other COVID-19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay at home and arrange to have a test.

      Further information on symptoms is available on NHS.UK.

    Where can I find out more about the vaccination programme?


    Further information can be found online by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

  • Do I need two doses of the vaccine?

    28th October 2021

    Three doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is still provided at twenty-two days after the first dose. The new guidance will therefore help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. Second doses will be given within 8 weeks of the first dose.

    Booster vaccines are now being rolled out to those who are eligible, find out more here.

  • Should people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?

    9th November 

    Yes, the best way to protect yourself and others, is by being fully vaccinated. The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had COVID-19 as it is for those who haven’t. 

  • Are there any groups that shouldn’t have the vaccine?

    9th November 2021

    People with history of a severe allergy to the ingredients of the vaccines should not be vaccinated.

    Guidance for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can be found here

  • Can I book an appointment at my local pharmacy or a larger vaccination site?

    28th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • How will patients be invited for a vaccination?

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • Is it safe to attend an appointment for my vaccine?

    9th November 2021

    The NHS is working hard to keep you safe from COVID-19 through a range of measures including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas. Please also wear a face covering to your appointment. You should also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.

  • When will I receive my second dose of the vaccine

    06th July 2021

    All adults in England can recieve their second dose of the vaccine after 8 weeks of their first vaccine. To learn more, click here.

  • How do I cancel/ change my booking?

    28th October 2021

    If you need to book, manage or cancel your vaccine appointment, you can do so here.
     

  • I have been contacted for a vaccination, but I’ve already had one. Who do I tell?

    9th November 2021

    Your GP will update your records with vaccination data; you should contact your GP so they can check this has been done.

  • Which vaccine will I get? Can I choose which vaccine I get?

    28th October 2021

    You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

    Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example: if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines if you're under 18, you'll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.

  • I have been turned away at the vaccine centre, what can I do?

    28th October 2021

    You will only be turned away if you are too early for your next dose. To learn how many doses you should have and when, please click here. 

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

    Booster vaccine

    Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

  • Is there a closer centre?

    28th October 2021

    The current list of vaccination sites in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can be seen here. New sites are being opened to provide further sites and will be added as they open.

    Walk in clinics can be found here

  • Are there going to be any more vaccination centres opening?

    28th October 2021

    The current list of vaccination sites in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can be seen here. All sites are now open.

  • I’m under 18 can I have a vaccine?

    The NHS is offering COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people. All young people aged 12 to 17 years will be offered a first dose of vaccine. The timing of a second dose for these 12 to 17 year olds will be confirmed later.

    Some young people are at greater risk of serious illness if they catch COVID-19. They will need 2 doses of vaccine, 8 weeks apart.

     To learn more, click here. 

  • Is it a legal requirement to be registered with a GP to receive the Covid-19 vaccination?

    28th October 2021

    No. It is not a legal requirement to be registered with a GP to receive the Covid vaccination. No-one is required to have an NHS number or be registered with a GP to receive a vaccination and should never be denied one on this basis, either in person when presenting for a vaccine, or through booking systems. If a patient has not been issued with an NHS number, then providers should vaccinate now, record locally via a paper system and ensure that that the vaccination event is recorded at later date.

    To learn more, click here.

     

  • Incorrect vaccine record showing or no record showing

    28th October 2021

    If your COVID-19 vaccination records are incorrect, then you can contact 119.

    If you have an NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England then you can use this service, to resolve any missing or incorrect vaccination records.

    if you believe that your records are incorrect, you can contact The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) through 119.

    Please note: 119 and VDRS call agents will not provide clinical advice and cannot assist at this time with queries related to vaccinations received overseas. If the query relates to personal information that is incorrect on the patient record (e.g. name, address), these will still need to be resolved by their GP practice.

 

Women of childbearing age and pregnancy FAQs

For the latest information about pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding visit our dedicated page.

 

Attending and travelling to your Coronavirus vaccine appointment

  • Do vulnerable people travel to get the vaccine or does it come to them?

    We are planning a mixed approach to ensure that people who are eligible can get the vaccine safely. For care home residents and those who can’t leave home, this will involve roving community teams coming to them.

  • I had to queue outside in the cold for my vaccine.

    28th October 2021 

    We are sorry if you have had delays or had to wait outside. Our sites have been working hard to minimise any waiting times for patients. Due to social distancing in the buildings, we cannot ask people to wait inside.

    It is important that people follow the instructions they are given when booking the appointment and arrive at the right time. Please do not arrive early for your appointment.  We are vaccinating large numbers of people at every session to help distribute the vaccine to as many people as possible.

    Thanks to our local authority partners and the independent building owners, our sites are being gritted during the winter season.

  • Will I still need to follow the social distancing guidance and wear face coverings?

    28th October 2021

    Yes. 

    Helpful information before attending your appointment

    You can help your NHS by following the below guidance to reduce delays and ensure a positive experience when having your vaccination.

    Parents and guardians need to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day. 

    Please note when attending a clinic, those allowed in are the parent/guardian and the child to be vaccinated. Due to social distancing measures and spacing, we cannot let whole family members in / friends. 

    Arrive on time for your appointment – not too early or too late

    When arriving for your appointment, it is important to join the queue at your appointment time.  If you arrive early, please remain in your vehicle until your appointment time. You will only cause delays if you join the queue too early.

    When joining the queue or entering the centre please remember Hands, Face, Space. Continue to sanitise your hands, wear a face covering and always keep 2 metres apart from others.

    Important points to prepare

    Before your appointment it is important to have your NHS number ready, follow this link to find out how to find your NHS number  and remove any outer garments when inside the building. 

    To help the process run smoothly, please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm, this will help the vaccinators and will reduce queues.  

  • I don’t have access to transport to get to my vaccination appointment, how can I get there?

    28th October 2021

    All of the vaccination sites have car parking provision and are easily accessible via public transport. A full list of the vaccination sites can be found here

    Public transport information for Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent can be accessed here:

    Staffordshire – Plan your journey

    Stoke-on-Trent – Plan your journey

    If you do not have your own means of transport and cannot access public transport, please make the adviser aware when booking your vaccination appointment and they will be able to help you.

    Alternatively, you can visit a walk-in clinic. We have multiple walk-in clinics available, this means you may be able to find a vaccination clinic/centre nearer to you. A walk-in clinic doesn't require an appointment. To learn more click here 

  • Can I book an appointment at my local pharmacy or a larger vaccination site?

    28th October 2021 

    We are planning a mixed approach to ensure that people who are eligible can get the vaccine safely. For care home residents and those who can’t leave home, this will involve roving community teams coming to them.

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic where no appointment is needed.

 

Priority groups and health condtions FAQs

  • My relative is in a care home, how do they get vaccinated?

    28th October 2021

    There is clear evidence that those living in care homes for older adults (nursing and residential) have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Evidence strongly indicates that the single greatest risk of mortality from COVID-19 is increasing age and that the risk increases exponentially with age. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised the first priority group for receipt of COVID vaccination are residents in care homes for older adults and their carers. 

    In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, our PCNs all care homes have been visited and residents and staff offered the vaccine. For the small number of care homes that have had outbreaks that meant we could not safely offer residents the vaccine, there is a plan in place to revisit these homes as soon as possible.

  • How will patients be prioritised?

    9th November 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I am classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been asked to shield, will I be offered the vaccine?

    9th November 2021

    Everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (and has been asked to shield by the NHS) should have been offered a vaccination.

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I have been shielding and am nervous about attending an appointment for my vaccine.

    9th November 2021

    We understand that people may be nervous attending appointments and want to assure you that we are taking extra steps and precautions to ensure that our clinics and vaccination sites are safe.  There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and ensure you are fully prepared to attend your appointment:

    • Please attend on time, arriving early or late leads to queues

    • Bring a warm coat in case you do have to stand outside

    • Wear a short-sleeved shirt or top that allows quick and easy access to your arm

    • Wear a face covering, unless you cannot wear one for a health or disability reason

    • Bring your booking reference numbers if your appointment is at a vaccination centre

    • Come alone if you can

  • I am over 70 and have not received my appointment yet. Should I be concerned?

    9th November 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I work in an education setting; when will I get my vaccination?

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

     

  • Who is currently being vaccinated?

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • How do I know if I am in priority group six due to my asthma?

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • Why do I usually receive the annual flu vaccine for asthma but am not a priority for the covid-19 vaccination?

    9th November 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • When will people with learning disabilities be vaccinated?

    9th November 2021

    All patients who are on the Learning Disability Register across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Group 6. The decision was taken by Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the NHS as we recognise the difficulty defining different degrees of Learning Disabilities. 

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I am housebound, how will I receive my vaccine?

    9th November 2021

    GPs have a list of their patients who are housebound and will contact them to make an appointment for vaccination when it is their turn. The JCVI advice is followed for all patients, including the housebound. It is important for people to understand that clinically extremely vulnerable does not necessarily mean housebound. Housebound by definition is those who cannot physically leave the home, if patients usually leave home to attend a medical appointment or to receive their annual flu vaccine they would be expected to travel to their local vaccination site when invited. For anyone who has real concerns about travelling we encourage them to speak to the advisor when booking the appointment

  • I’ve got a health condition; is the COVID-19 vaccination safe for me?

    9th November 2021

    Coronavirus (Covid-19) can make anyone seriously ill, but for some people the risk is higher. We understand there are some concerns among people who have underlying health conditions, and the NHS has been working with a number of charities to produce advice about coronavirus and certain health conditions. Please the NHS website to read the latest advice about these conditions.

  • I’ve got diabetes; is the COVID-19 vaccination safe for me to have?

    9th November 2021

    All the vaccine trials have included the usual number of participants and no stages of development and testing have been rushed or skipped. The vaccines have been tested in men and women of different ages and ethnicities, with a range of health conditions – including diabetes – and there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine will work less well in people with diabetes.

    Diabetes UK has been working with the NHS to produce advice for anyone diagnosed with diabetes, or for their family or support network.

  • I’ve got heart disease; is it safe for me to have the COVID-19 vaccination?

    9th November 2021

    Yes, the vaccine is safe for people with heart and circulatory conditions. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has decided that people who are at risk because of a heart condition should be among those who are prioritised to receive the vaccine. As part of the testing, experts looked at whether there are any differences in how well the vaccines work in people with health conditions, and found that they work just as well. 

    The British Heart Foundation has been working with the NHS to produce advice for people with heart or circulatory disease .

  • Has the vaccine been tested for people with health conditions like heart disease or diabetes?

    9th November 2021

    Yes. As part of the testing, experts looked at whether there are any differences in how well the vaccines work in people with health conditions and found that they work just as well.

    In the case of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, there were no meaningful differences in how well it works in people with health conditions that put them at risk of severe Covid-19 (including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and obesity.)

    Testing for the Moderna vaccine included people with diabetes, significant heart or circulatory disease, chronic lung disease, severe obesity and liver disease. The research found that the vaccine worked similarly well in these higher-risk groups to the general population.

    Testing for the Oxford vaccine included people with heart and circulatory disease, diabetes, lung disease and obesity, and found it gave similar levels of protection as to those who did not have those conditions.

  • I am an adult carer – when will I be vaccinated?

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I’m a prison worker; when will I get my vaccination?

    13th October 

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

  • I am over the age of 50 and have not received my appointment yet. Should I be concerned?

    13th October 2021

    If you have not been invited for an appointment, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

     

  • Staff working with children Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

     

  • Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) included in priority group six as a clinically vulnerable condition?

    13th October 2021

    The definitions around priority group six are clearly defined in government guidance and neurological conditions do qualify. It is further defined as neurological conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised.  Current guidance is that CFS/ME is not recognised as a neurological condition that compromises respiratory function and therefore having an increased risk of morbidity from COVID-19. The CCG cannot amend or deviate from the JCVI recommendations.

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

    If you are aged 12-15, or have parental authority for 12-15 year old, please click here 

     

  • Are people who have had a stroke or TIA eligible for a vaccine?

    13th October 2021

    Given the high prevalence of stroke resulting in clinical frailty, all stroke survivors (including subarachnoid haemorrhage) and those who have had a TIA are in priority group six and are therefore eligible to receive the vaccine.  

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, and the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 16+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

    If you are aged 12-15, or have parental authority for 12-15 year old, please click here 

  • Have all priority groups been vaccinated?

    13th October 2021

    The NHS has now offered the coronavirus vaccine to all priority groups, so the programme has now been rolled out to the rest of the public. 

    If you have not had the vaccine yet and aged 12+, do not delay. Call 119, book online through the online booking system , or visit a walk-in clinic 

    If you are aged 12-15, or have parental authority for 12-15 year old, please click here