Vaccination is the best protection from Covid. The vaccines approved for use in the UK are effective at preventing infection and by reducing the number of people who can become infected, they also reduce the chance of the virus being transmitted.
However, no vaccine is 100% effective and so even after you have had your jab, you should still continue to follow any national or local restrictions that are in place, such as:
• social distancing
• wearing a face covering
• washing your hands regularly
• Regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
No other medications are currently approved for the prevention of Covid.
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.
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.
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.