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.
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.