There is a chance you might still get or spread Covid even if you have a vaccine or have had the virus before.
The virus is spread through close contact with people who have the virus. People with the virus can spread it even if they do not have symptoms. When someone with the virus breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release small droplets containing the virus. You can catch Covid if you breathe in these droplets or touch surfaces covered with droplets.
Getting vaccinated is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others. That’s why it’s important to get all the recommended doses.
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.
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.