Coronavirus can affect anyone at any age. Whilst we know that some people are at greater risk than others of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications, even those who think that their personal risk is low are still at risk of catching the infection and passing it on to others.
We are also still learning about long Covid, and it does not appear that the chance of having long-term symptoms is linked to how ill you were when you first caught coronavirus.
People with immune system disorders may not respond as well to the vaccine, and a very small number of people who are at risk of Covid cannot have the vaccine. These people have to rely on the rest of us getting vaccinated to help protect them.
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.