All of the Covid vaccines have been developed, assessed and independently approved using the same processes that would normally be used in developing a vaccine.
The speed of the process was aided by a quick response from volunteers wanting to take part in the trials and manufacturers being ready on standby.
The vaccines were approved using a regulatory process known as a ‘rolling review’ which ensures that during a public health emergency the assessment can be completed in the shortest time possible. This means that each part of the evidence is reviewed as it becomes available.
The ongoing monitoring means that any information about side effects or adverse events can quickly be reviewed so the vaccine programme can be delivered safely.
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.
Will it affect my fertility?
There have been a lot of rumours that the Covid vaccines could affect women’s fertility, but research has shown these are not true. They do not contain any ingredients that could affect fertility and there’s no likely way they could.