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 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.
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.