The sooner you get it, the better. All of the Covid vaccines that have been approved for use in the UK are effective against the disease, and there’s increasing evidence they reduce transmission of the virus. Vaccinating as many people as possible should reduce local levels of infection and allow restrictions to ease.
If you are currently unwell, self-isolating, or waiting for a Covid test, you should delay getting your vaccination until later. Pregnant women may wish to discuss when to have the vaccine with their doctor.
Will I have side effects?
Like all vaccines, and medicines, there can be side effects, but most are mild and short-term and not everyone gets them. Any side effects following the jab usually last less than a week.
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.