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Should I get it if I have a health condition?

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:

• diabetes
• 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
• dementia
• 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

Q&As

Asked 14 Jun

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.

Asked 14 Jun

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.

Asked 14 Jun

Should I be worried about blood clots?

For the vast majority of people, the benefits of the vaccine in providing protection against the serious consequences of Covid far outweigh any risks.

There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event involving blood clots with low levels of platelets after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similar conditions can occur naturally, and clotting problems are also a common complication of Covid infection. As a precaution, people whose risk is greater, albeit still extremely small, will only be offered appointments for other vaccines.

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