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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest in the history of the NHS. The vaccine is being offered to more and more people in our area every week.

Vaccines can reduce or even eliminate some diseases, if enough people are vaccinated.

Since vaccines were introduced, diseases like smallpox and polio that used to kill or disable millions of people are gone from the UK.

How do vaccines work?
Vaccines teach your immune system how to protect you from diseases. It’s much safer for your immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and attempting to fight them.

Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. You cannot catch COVID-19 from taking the vaccine but having the vaccine could stop you from becoming seriously ill if you catch the infection.

Should I be concerned about the speed the vaccine was made available?
The speed in which the vaccines have been developed does not mean that they are unsafe. The technology used to develop the vaccine is not new. It’s been tried and tested for decades. It is with this technology and massive global investment to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that has allowed it to be available so quickly.

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through lots of clinical trials and safety checks, like all other licensed medicines, before it is approved. The COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK have been declared as effective by the UK’s independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulator (MHRA) after extensive trials.

When will I be able to get vaccinated?
The NHS will announce when different age groups can book their vaccination, you can check who is eligible at any time and book your appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. You can also book appointments by calling 119.

You may also receive an invitation to book your vaccination from your GP and you can book an appointment directly with them.

You can read more about the vaccination and common misconceptions at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/vaccinations.

 

Central Bedfordshire Council