It’s too soon to know how long immunity will last following vaccination, but it’s thought that protection lasts for at least 6 months and possibly longer. You need two doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection. Booster doses of Covid vaccine may be needed to maintain protection for you and those around you, or to fight new variants of the virus.
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.