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Vaccine Q&As

Asked 14 Jun

Should I get it now?

Millions of people have now been vaccinated against Covid. The vaccine is the best defence against the virus, so the sooner you're vaccinated, the sooner you’ll begin to protect yourself and your community. Vaccinating as many people as possible should reduce the levels of local infections too.

Asked 14 Jun

Will I have side effects?

Like all vaccines, and medicines, there can be side effects, but most are mild and short-term and not everyone gets them. Any side effects following the jab usually last less than a week.

Asked 14 Jun

Will it give me Covid?

You can’t catch Covid from the vaccine. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection against the virus, but it will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill. You need to have both doses for maximum protection.

Asked 14 Jun

Will it affect my fertility?

There have been a lot of rumours that the Covid vaccines could affect women’s fertility, but research has shown these are not true. They do not contain any ingredients that could affect fertility and there’s no likely way they could.

Asked 14 Jun

Has it been tested?

The approved vaccines have met strict standards of safety and quality. They have been tested on tens of thousands of volunteers in multiple clinical trials and given to millions of people. Reports of serious side effects have been extremely rare, but some vaccines may be recommended for people under 40.

Asked 14 Jun

How was it made so quickly?

The Covid vaccines have been developed, assessed and independently approved using the same processes that would normally be used to develop a vaccine. They have been through clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers, a testing process which tells us they are safe and effective.

Asked 14 Jun

How does it work?

The Covid vaccine trains your immune system to recognise the virus in your body and produce a rapid response to protect you against it. The vaccine ensures your immune system remembers the virus and provides ongoing protection.

Asked 14 Jun

Why should I get it?

Covid can affect anyone at any age and some people can suffer serious complications if they become infected. Even if you think your risk is low, there’s still a chance you can catch it and pass it on to people around you, even if you have no symptoms.  The more people who have the vaccine, the less opportunity there is for the virus to transmit.

Asked 14 Jun

Should I get it if I have a health condition?

Covid can affect anyone, but some people with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of catching the virus, becoming seriously ill or even dying. It’s particularly important that these people are vaccinated.

Asked 14 Jun

Are there other ways to protect myself?

No other medications are currently approved for the prevention of Covid. Vaccination is the best protection for you, those around you, and the North East. Remember that after your jab, you still need to follow hands, face, space guidance.

Asked 14 Jun

Which vaccine will I get?

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have.  If you book on the NHS website or with your GP, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you. Most people can have any of the Covid vaccines, but some people are only offered certain types. 

Asked 14 Jun

Should I get my second dose?

Yes, because you get the best protection from two doses. Whilst your first dose of vaccine gives you some protection, particularly against severe disease, your second dose gives you stronger and longer-lasting protection against the virus.

Asked 14 Jun

How long does protection last?

It’s too soon to know how long protection will last, but it’s thought to be at least 6 months and possibly longer. Booster doses may be needed to maintain protection for you and those around you, or to fight new variants of the virus.

Asked 14 Jun

Does it work against new variants?

Like all viruses, the Covid virus mutates and that means that we will see new variants arising from time to time. Research has shown the current vaccines help to protect against new variants.

Asked 14 Jun

Should I get my boosters?

Yes, because by staying up-to-date with all recommended doses of the vaccine means that you are far less likely to experience severe illness or hospitalisation. 

Asked 14 Jun

Who can get the Spring Booster?

Spring booster vaccines are being offered to people aged 75 years old and over, those who live in a care home for older people, and people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system. 

Asked 14 Jun

How can I get the vaccine?

You can book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination on the NHS website, or by calling 119. You can also find details on the NHS website of walk-in and pop-up clinics in your local area. 

Asked 14 Jun

Can I still get Covid if I am fully vaccinated?

Yes, there is a chance you might still get or spread the virus. The vaccine does give you some protection and means you are far less likely to experience severe illness or hospitalisation.

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