It is particularly important for people with underlying health conditions to get the vaccine. Covid can affect anyone, but we know that some people are at higher risk of catching the virus, and becoming seriously ill or even dying. All adults with the following underlying health conditions are at greater risk from the virus and are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves:
• are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
• a heart problem
• a chest complaint or breathing difficulties
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack
• a neurological or muscle-wasting condition
• a problem with your spleen or having had your spleen removed
• severe mental illness
• severe or profound learning disability
• lowered immunity due to treatment for cancer, or from the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and psoriasis
• disorders of the immune system or having had an organ transplant
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.