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.
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.
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.
Should I be worried about blood clots?
For the vast majority of people, the benefits of the vaccine in providing protection against the serious consequences of Covid far outweigh any risks.
There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event involving blood clots with low levels of platelets after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similar conditions can occur naturally, and clotting problems are also a common complication of Covid infection. As a precaution, people whose risk is greater, albeit still extremely small, will only be offered appointments for other vaccines.