All the vaccines have been through clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers. This is a rigorous testing process which produces evidence of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
The MHRA, the body that regulates medicines in the UK, carried out a rigorous scientific assessment of all of the available evidence for each of the vaccines and took advice from the Commission on Human Medicines before approving the vaccines for use in the UK. The MHRA has determined that all vaccines are safe and effective in the fight against Covid.
Currently the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has advised that it is preferable for people under 40 to have a vaccine other than Oxford/AstraZeneca.
The MHRA has a legal duty to constantly assess all of the vaccines being used. A safety monitoring process is in place, and the MHRA regularly publishes reports on Covid vaccine safety.
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.
Which vaccine will I get?
You won’t be given a choice, and will be offered the vaccine which is being given on the day of your appointment and recommended for your age.
Currently, the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has advised that it is preferable for people under 40 to have a vaccine other than Oxford/AstraZeneca.
Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are mainly being offered to those aged under 40.
Adults aged 40 or over, and adults with health conditions that put them at increased risk from Covid infection, can continue to receive any of the available vaccines. For these groups, the benefits of the vaccine to protect against serious illness far outweigh any other risk.